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Cause of Death: Stroke
Medical Information: Enlarged Heart, Colitis
More About GLADYS WILD:
Medical Information: Knee replacement
Marriage Notes for WILLIAM HEENAN and GLADYS WILD:
It was around 1942 when William and Frank used to go out to the local high school dances every Friday night together.The story goes, at one of these dances, a young boy (Frank) met and danced with a woman named Gladys.They had a great time and danced several dances together and the young lady said that she was so looking forward to meeting him again.However, shortly after this meeting, Frank and William left Chicago.They heard that there were jobs in Washington.So they hitchhiked across country to Washington State in order to work in an apple grove, picking apples.Several months later, upon return from Washington, the two boys fell back into their usual Friday night outings.It was at that time when Gladys ran into Frank again at a dance at the U.S.O. Center on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago.Gladys went up to the boy and asked him for a dance, the boy acted as though he had never met her before.Insulted, Gladys, told the boy off, only to find out that this boy was not Frank, but his younger brother William. Embarrassed, she apologized profusely; they laughed and danced the night away.William was such a good dancer that Gladys fell "over the moon" and two years later they were married.
William was such a fersiforious reader that he had little problem in pursuing pilot training.He was sent to Louisiana for specialized training in navigation.When he made Captain of a bombing squadron known as the 415th Bombing Group he was shipped to Newport News for the final training sessions.It was at this time that William and Gladys wed on April 15, 1944 , in a small chapel at Langley Airforce Base.Shortly after their nuptials, William and Gladys began their honeymoon by driving a car across country.As the story goes, while on this drive, Gladys taught William how to drive a car for the first time.Remember that at that time there were no automatic transmissions, so Gladys would drive until they reached the rural roads, away from traffic, she would then pull over and Bill would take the wheel.Although Bill could fly B-17's, he could not get used to the position of the traffic lights.Evidently, at that time all traffic lights were located on a low post on the right corner of each intersection.According to Gladys, Bill, "blew" every light from Virginia to New Mexico.When Gladys and Bill arrived in New Mexico, they rented a small room in the middle of nowhere.Gladys, a city girl, woke up the first morning to see a cow's head peering at her through the motel window.And so to was the beginning of my mother and fathers' life together.