Born in Sawyer, WI on Jul 18, 1926
Died on Dec 18, 2010 and resided in Green Bay, WI
Leland (Lee) Hugo Plinske, 84, passed away at Bellin Memorial Hospital on Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 10:52 pm due to complications from a lung infection. Lee was a fighter who did not give up until the very end. He knew his family was with him and wanted to spend every minute possible with his children and grandchildren by his side. Lee was a kind and loving father and grandfather who knew that family came first and time was a blessing. Since the passing of his wife, Dorothy, almost 12 years prior, Lee made the most of every minute with his family. From school plays and other events with his granddaughter Jordyn, to Friday night fish dinners with his daughter Caryn and Jordyn, Lee spent as much of his daily life as possible with them and his beloved family pet, Snarfy. Holiday meals at his son Loyll's house (along with lunches out), and annual trips to Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, to visit his son, Eric, and grandson, Leland (who was named after him), were special events that showed just how much every minute with family was a treasure.
Not only did he value family as a priority, but Lee was also a military veteran. He served our country proudly in both the navy and the army. Lee was a World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veteran. He retired from the military after more than 20 years of service, always staying abroad, so that his oldest son Loyll would never be sent to war. That is how much he loved his family. After the birth of his first son (Loyll Emmanuel), Lee made sure Loyll knew his grandparents and the safety of his country. Before he retired from the military, Lee met Dorothy Ann Zimonick, the love of his life. The two married on May 2, 1960, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They had two children, Eric Lee and Caryn Sue. Military honors and medals could not take away from how much Lee loved his children. His pride in everything they did surely passed down to his grandchildren as well.
Hard work and dedication drove Lee to give his family the best life possible. After serving our country, Lee was able to return home to his family before deciding to work for the government once again. Lee served our government for at least 18 more years when he worked for the Post Office. His life was dedicated to the service of others, and we are all better people for it. With his children and grandchildren nearby, Lee knew it was okay to go home to join his wife in heaven. As much as he valued his life and time on earth, he knew the Lord was there to guide him to a better place.
Lee was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy A. (Zimonick) Plinske, March 2, 1999; his parents, Hugo Ferdinand, February 27, 1964, and Sarah (Sadye) Eleanor (Gordon) Plinske, April 11, 1987; his brothers and sister, Emmanuel Loyll Plinske, September 24, 1941, Vernon H. Plinske Sr., March 5, 2006, John Charles Plinske, who died as an infant, and Beatrice Plinske, November 9, 1917.
Lee is survived by his children, Loyll E. Plinske and his wife Bridget, Eric L. Plinske and his wife Antonia, and Caryn S. Plinske; his grandchildren, C. David Plinske, Tiffany D. Plinske, Jordyn Q. Plinske, and Leland Juan B. Plinske; and his great grandchildren, Westley M. Plinske, Sasha R. Plinske, Justen D. Cullers, Ashtyn M. Plinske, Tyler J. Cullers, and Ryan L. Plinske.
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 East Mason Street, on Wednesday from 4-8 pm and on Thursday at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 120 S. Henry Street from 9-11 am. Funeral Service on Thursday December 23, 2010 at 11:00 am at church with the Rev. David Hatch officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Green Bay. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the entire staff in the Advanced Care Unit at Bellin Hospital for their incredible personal care.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in Lee's honor.
Visitation: Wednesday Dec 22, 2010, 4 to 8 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home
Church Service: Thursday Dec 23, 2010, 11 a.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran
Visitation: Thursday Dec 23, 2010, 9 to 11 a.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran
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