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Glenn F. Aylsworth, 92, of Traverse City and formerly of Empire, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Glenn was born on Friday, Nov. 14, 1924 to the late Alonzo and Gladys (Purdy) Aylsworth in Empire.
He attended Empire schools, continuing his education at Ferris State (College) University, earning his teaching degree and later earning his Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law.
Glenn served our country as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, having attained the rank of Sergeant prior to his discharge.
After earning his teaching degree, Glenn taught school in Lincoln Park and later in Ellsworth. He then began his career as an attorney.
In the fall of 1955 Glenn was appointed the public administrator for Leelanau County by Gov. G. Mennen Williams. He became the probate judge of Leelanau County in 1956, and from 1956 until 1972 he was the prosecuting attorney for the county as well. He continued private practice in Traverse City until 2001.
Glenn was a member of the Michigan Bar Association for over 50 years, a former member of the American Bar Association, the Leelanau-Grand Traverse-Antrim Bar Association and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association. He was a lifetime member of the Empire United Methodist Church, the Empire Masonic Lodge F&AM 597, was past president in 1976 and 1986 of the Shriners and was a three-time Shriner of the Year recipient. Glenn was a life member and past president of the Leelanau Prospectors Club, a past president and 60-plus year member of the Empire Lions Club, a member of the Traverse City Elks Lodge for over 50 years, served as superintendent of Empire Schools prior to consolidation into Glen Lake Schools and was a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
Surviving Glenn are his wife, Janice J. (Gohlke) Aylsworth, of Traverse City; his children, G. Thomas (Kathy) Aylsworth, of Glen Arbor, stepson, Michael (Sara) Carpenter, of Interlochen, and stepdaughter, Melissa (Doug) LaBelle, of Charlevoix; 17 grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gladys Hentschel; sons, Gregory and Warren Aylsworth; brothers, Wayne, George and Warren; and sister, Helen Scully.
Visitation for Glenn will take place from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service, Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Empire United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Empire.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The Traverse City Shriners Club to benefit crippled children or to the Empire United Methodist Church.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with Glenn's family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 8, 2017
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