||WALTER GLOCKLER, last attended Wakefield in 1959.
Walter Hallberg Glockler, Jr., 55, of Leavitt Road died Monday, March 3, 1997, at his home
after a long illness. He was horn in Washington D.C. on December 1, 1941, the son of
Walter H. and Eugenia Rae (Sweeney) Glockler. He was a graduate of Northwood High
School in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended the University of Maryland. Mr.
Glockler was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Togus Regional Office.
He was president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local No. 2610
for 19 years and had served as first executive vice president of the National Veterans
Affairs Council since 1993. The National Veterans Affairs Council is the largest
council in AFGE representing more than 125,000 employees in the Department of
Veterans Affairs. Walt was a leading negotiator of the National Partnership Council
and was successful in bringing about the signing of a. national partnership agreement
between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National VA Council and four other
labor organizations. Walt served as co-chairman of the partnership council.
Walt was also co-chairman of the AFGE National Quality Council and was the chief
negotiator for the Total Quality Improvement Charter that was signed and implemented in
April 1994. In September 1996, Walt received special recognition from President
Clinton for his outstanding service in the federal government. Also at that time, he
received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Jessie
Brown, for his work in bringing labor and management together through the spirit of
partnership for better services to veterans and employees. As the time of this
award, Secretary Brown said, "Walt's efforts cannot be meassured in dollars saved,
although clearly his efforts to effectively work in a collaborative mode have resulted in
significant savings to the VA." He was also a co-owner of Dancewear House in
Hallowell, Maine. He was a communicant of St. Andrews Catholic Church, a former
member of the Augusta Fraternal Order of Eagles - Aerie 3137, a member of the Augusta
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks - Lodge No. 964 and Sons of the American Legion,
Post 2. Mr. Glockler is survived by his wife, Carol (Young) Glockler of Augusta; his
father, Walter H. Glockler of Burlington, Vermont, and Joel Glockler and wife Jennifer of
Colorado Springs, Colorado; three daughters, Kimberley Kinsey and her husband Robert,
Kristine Ford, and Karyn Palmer and her husband Charles "Buck", all of Glen
Burnie, Maryland; a sister, Sandra Keyser and her husband Vincent of Kenwood Beach,
Maryland; a stepson, Douglas Young and his wife Catherine of Woolwich, Georgia; a step
daughter, Tracie Carolin and her husband Dennis of Augusta; several grandchildren, two
aunts; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and relatives may visit on
Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta, where the
color guard and members of Fitzgerald-Cummings Post No. 2. American Legion are asked to
meet 7 p.m. and members of the benevolent and Protective Order of Elks are asked to
meet at 7:30 to recite a prayer service for their departed member. A memorial
service will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. from St. Andrews Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Maine Division,
Inc., 52 Federal Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011 or to HealthReach Hospice of Augusta, P.O.
Box 1568, Waterville 04903-1568. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.