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James A Plunket

March 12, 2022


James A. Plunket, age 77, of Downers Grove, died March 12, 2022, at his home.

James was the beloved husband of 57 years of Marion Plunket; loving father of Brian J. (Susan) Plunket and Keith A. (Theresa) Plunket; adored grandpa of Brad (Tayler) Plunket, Michael Plunket and Joshua Plunket; beloved great grandpa of Jackson and Hope; and dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.

James worked in fire service for over 30 years, including 17 years as a Lombard firefighter and paramedic. He was hired by the Lombard Fire Department in 1979 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1987.  He retired in 1996 but returned in 1997 to serve as the Public Education Coordinator… a role he was extraordinarily passionate about.  James was instrumental in starting the Public Education program, educating Lombardians of all ages on fire safety. He was a volunteer at the Belmont Fire Department, was a Trustee at Darien/Woodridge Fire Department, and was instrumental in establishing a Fire Safety Program with the Chicago Fire Department. He worked as an auxiliary policeman in Berwyn from 1970 to 1975.  He served as Fire Marshall for the State of Illinois.

James was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 10 years, serving as safety inspector.  He also worked for his father at J.E. Plunket Machine Company.

James mentored children who were burn victims at Loyola Hospital.  He was diligent working on his family genealogy and loved family history.  He enjoyed boating, skiing, volunteering and being involved in the community.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Angel’s Grace Hospice Network, 440 Quadrangle Dr, Suite G, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 would be appreciated.

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