Thursday, February 21, 2019

Wilfred J. Glockner, Covington Businessman

A long time resident of Covington, Wilfred Glockner was born in the Mandeville area on February 6, 1914. He began his successful career as an entrepreneur in the business world immediately upon his high school graduation.

He first worked in the Taxi and Drayage business with his parents, Ruth and Henry Glockner.

Shortly after marrying Elrita Gomez on June 16, 1937, what Mr. Glockner describes as the "happiest day of my life," he purchased a Service and Automotive repair business and then acquired the dealership for Packard automobiles and Reo trucks. 

In addition, the Glockners began buying rental property and later buying and selling residences. Mr. Glockner personally financed residential sales for clients unable to get financing.

When Packard ceased building automobiles, Mr. Glockner started Wilfred Glockner Construction Company where he designed and built custom homes and commercial buildings. "I have been very successful with all of my business career," he said, appreciating the opportunities presented in the growing Covington area.

"I've always been a great supporter of civic activities in my community," he went on to say. Mr. Glockner's civic contributions are many and varied. He served as a 47-year member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank and Trust Company and was a Commissioner on Water Board No. 3 serving Riverwood and Covington Country Club subdivisions for 20 years. In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 45 years and the Covington Rotary Club for 47 years.

"I will always be grateful for the good education that I received at Lyon High School," he said. "It was the best Public School in the Great USA, which put me on the right path to enter the business world."

A good education and setting goals was his recipe for success. "My philosophy for a great life, be optimistic and set your goals high," he stated.

Wilfred John Glockner passed away on July 7, 2009, at the age of 95 years.