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6/16/2014 10:49:00 AM
Emmett Glynn

Emmett Leonard Glynn, 88, of Peru, passed away June 10, 2014, in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick Church, La Salle, with the Rev. Paul Carlson officiating. Burial will be at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, La Salle.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday in the church. Hurst Funeral Home, La Salle, is handling arrangements for his family.
Emmett was born Nov. 6, 1925, in La Salle to Edward and Mary (Dunne) Glynn. He graduated from La Salle-Peru Township High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17. He served in England and Ireland during World War II and was in London during the Blitz. After the war, Emmett worked at the Westclox for 16 years. Wanting a change he left Westclox and Illinois and moved to California with his brother, Dunne.
In California, Emmett worked for the U.S. Postal Service and Southern Pacific Railroad, but it was in the aerospace industry that Emmett made his career. He started at McDonnell Douglas and later moved to Hughes Helicopters until retirement. During those years Emmett enjoyed occasional travels to Europe. He was, however, a frequent guest at his brother James’s house for Sunday night dinners. There, Emmett would often join brothers Dunne, James and sometimes Edward to talk and laugh and swap stories about growing up in La Salle.
With his pipe and Irish cap, easy laugh and ‘I’m going now’ trademark catchphrase, Emmett was a beloved figure to generations of nieces and nephews, friends and relations. He was a true gentleman and easily one of the coolest dudes to ever walk this planet. When his brother Dunne and Dunne’s wife Sharon moved back home to Illinois, Emmett followed. He spent his last years in Peru, near his boyhood home of La Salle.
Survivors are his sister-in-law, Sharon Glynn of Peru; nieces, Kathryn Glynn, Patricia Yunker and Pam Ellis; nephews, Pete Glynn, Daniel and Brian Cosgrove, and James, Patrick and Kevin Glynn; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Emmett was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Rosemary, brothers Edward, Dunne, and James.
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