Founder of Winglemire Furniture dies at 91 – Furniture Today

HOLLY, Mich. — Donald Winglemire, co-founder and president of Winglemire Furniture, died Jan. 11 at age 91.

Winglemire was born Nov. 20, 1925, to Maurice and Edna Burkhardt Winglemire in the village of Holly in a house (now known as Joseph’s Oak Shop) across the street from the present Winglemire Furniture.

He attended high school at the Union School, and during high school, he worked for P.A. Wright & Sons Hardware. Winglemire served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, aboard the USS Atlanta. He saw action in the Pacific and in the Battle of Okinawa.

When he returned home from the Navy, Winglemire and his mother co-operated Winglemire Furniture. In 1948, he married Hazel Williams.

Winglemire always called Holly home. He implemented the revitalization of downtown Holly in 1986 and was a member of the Holly Village Council for 26 years, served on the Downtown Development Authority, served on the Holly Township Board of Trustees, and was the Township Zoning Board Chairman for 20 years. He also served on the Holly Park Authority, the Holly Veterans Memorial Association, Holly Kiwanis Club, Holly American Legion, Holly Royal order of the Moose, Holly Veterans of Foreign Wars, Holly Masons Lodge, Holly Chamber of Commerce, Holly Historical Commission, Holly Community Fund, Military Order of the Cootie, and Boys Scouts, where he achieved Eagle Scout status.

Winglemire was certified as an interior designer, belonged to the Michigan Retailers Association, was a Holly Retail Merchant for 70 years and was president of Winglemire Furniture, Joseph’s Oak Shop and Holly Gas Company.

He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His children continue to work in the family businesses.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holly Kiwanis Club, Holly VFW or the Holly Education Foundation.


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