Elmer Plume1928 - 2016
Elmer E, Plume age 87 of Grand Lake
passed away June 19, 2016 at
MidMichigan Medical Center.
He was born October 6, 1928 in Belknap Township
to Archie and Angeline (Lewandowski) Plume
Elmer worked as a pinsetter at the bowling alley in Rogers City beginning
in 1945, He graduated from Rogers City High School in 1948. From 1948
through 1950 he drove truck for Norther Evergreen, Elmer served in the
United States Army Air Force from 1950 through 1952; he was part of a
special detail called SCRAAF where he was a heavy equipment mechanic.
He worked on a jet fighter base in Korea where they had just finished
building a runway at 12-Noon and the first jet landed just 3 hours later.
Many years later, while on vacation in Grand Marais, he was talking with
a man who turned out to be that first pilot to land on his runway, On
September 30, 1955 he married Irene M. Nagel in Rogers City. He retired
from the Presque Isle Corporation in 1991 after 36 years of employment,
Elmer was Post Commander of the former Rogers City VFW Post 3209.
He was past Fire Chief for the Presque Isle Fire Department where he
served for 30 years, He is a member of the Alpena VFW Post 2496.
Mr. Plume is survived by:
his wife, Irene;
3 children, Allan (Cherrie) of Alpena,
Katherine (Jeff) Taphouse of Alpena and
Susan M. of Grand Lake;
4 grandchildren, Justin Plume, Sawyer Plume, Hilary (Dave) Gilleand
and Sam Taphouse;
1 great grandson, Liam Gilleand;
2 brothers, Melvin (Dale) Plume of Rogers City
and Jerry (Andrea) Plume of Alpena;
2 sisters, Alice (Bill) Altman of Rogers City and
Janet (Jim) Bieske of Metz.
Elmer was preceded in death by
his parents, Archie and Angeline;
4 brothers, David, Edward, Jim and Richard; and
2 sisters, Mary Bisson and Ida Hoppe.
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 until
8:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at
St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. through time of
Mass at 10:00 a.m, with Fr. Sylvestre Obwaka officiating. Rogers City
VFW Post 607 will offer a military tribute following Mass.
Inurnment will take place at Memorial Park Cemetery,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Pied Piper Opportunity
Center in care of Beck Funeral Home.