2014-12-25 / Obituaries

Herbert “Herb” Emil Gloor

Herbert “Herb” Emil Gloor, 86, of Mariposa, passed quietly and peacefully in the afternoon of Dec. 9 near Mariposa, with his daughters Lita and Louise and daughter in-law Mia at his side.

True to his nature, Herb left with no complaints or regrets.

He recently commented that he has had a good life, was ready to go and was looking forward to being reunited with his late wife Joan.

Herb was born in Berkeley at Alta Bates Hospital on Nov. 6, 1928. He was the second child and the first son of Emil Ernest and Louise Dorothea Gloor.

Herb grew up in Berkeley, with his sister Nancy, in the home his father built. Herb spent many memorable summers working on the family farm in Walnut Creek.

Herb attended and graduated from Berkeley High School. He wanted to join the war before he turned 18. However, his mother would not allow it. As soon as he came of age he signed with the United States Army, saying “it was the thing to do.” Herb was assigned to an artillery unit and trained on a 105mm howitzer towed by a Dodge power wagon that Herb said could go anywhere.

Fortunately, the war ended and Herb was deployed to Japan as part of the occupying force, where he was stationed at Okinawa. He said he was lucky and received “good duty.” While he was there he developed a great understanding and respect for the people and their traditions.

After his military service, Herb obtained an engineering degree which he put to use designing several highway bridges and retail stores in Northern California.

In August of 1959, Herb married the love of his life, Murial Joan Campbell. They settled in Martinez with her four children, Lita, John, Michael and James, who Herb selflessly adopted, loved and fathered as his own. Joan and Herb then had two children together, Louise and David. Herb was a great father and husband, taking the family on many adventurous summer camping trips and winter ski vacations.

Herb provided for his family by working for World Savings and Loan. He started with the company at its inception, working at many branches in Northern California. He ended his career at the Oakland Headquarters as a senior loan officer.

Herb retired to Mariposa with Joan in the early 1980s to run the family business, the Mariposa Lodge. As a Mariposa business owner, he became active in the community, working with the Chamber of Commerce and the Mariposa Rotary Club, with several Rotary trips to Mexico helping build orphanages, a favorite highlight of his service.

Herb was an avid world traveler, visiting faraway places such as Hudson Bay, the Galapagos Islands, Africa, Europe and Japan.

Herb had a life-long love of dogs and he usually had one or two of his best friends at his side.

Herb was preceded in death by his father Emil, his mother Louise, his sister Nancy, his son James and his wife Joan.

Herb is survived by his children, Lita Gloor-Little, John Gloor, Michael Baber, Louise Gloor-Henderson and David Gloor. He is also survived by his grandchildren Logan, Kelsey, Corina, Marisa, Cameron, Alexander and Anna Gloor and Ryan, Christopher, Sean and Leah Henderson. He is also survived by his great-granddaughter Avaya Coats-Gloor.

Herb’s wishes were that no public service be held. There will be a family service, where his and Joan’s ashes will be returned to the earth together at the location they chose.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mariposa SPCA or the Mariposa County Arts Council.

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