George William "Moe" Plumm, 84, of Charlevoix, died Thursday, July 28, 2011, at Grandvue Medical Care Facility in East Jordan. Funeral mass took place at be 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at St. Mary Church in Charlevoix. The Rev. Matthew A. Wigton officiated. Visitation took place from 6-7:30 p.m., Sunday, at the Winchester Funeral Home, where the Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m.
George was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Bellaire, the son of Forrest and Mabel (McDonald) Plumm. His family moved to Charlevoix in 1932, and Moe attended Charlevoix Public Schools through the 11th grade, when he moved to Brimley, graduating from high school there in 1945. He was an avid athlete and made sports his favorite subject.
He entered the U.S. Army and served in an elite honor and color corps of MPs. A bugler, he attended all Army festivals, parades, and played taps at funerals. After being discharged in 1947, he returned to Charlevoix where he married his high school sweetheart, Maxine McKenzie on Sept. 13, 1947.
George's love for the Great Lakes led him to become a yacht captain. He piloted yachts for J.P. Wilson and I.T. Quarstrom. He later worked for John McGoff, managing the Water's Edge Resort, and working on boats until his retirement, because of blindness. He truly loved the water, and after he couldn't see, still enjoyed the smell and sound of the lakes.
George was a member of St. Mary Church, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Leslie T. Shapton Post, #226, where he was a two-term post commander, and was a third ward Charlevoix city councilman.
George is survived by his wife, Maxine; daughter, Jayne (Gary) Almonrode of Nashville, Tenn.; son, Patrick Plumm of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister's-in-law, Betty McKenzie, Thelma McKenzie, Wanda Plumm, and Gertrude Plumm. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Orlo, Robert, and John, and sister, Maxine.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northland Library Cooperative (for the blind and physically handicapped) 220 West Clinton, Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Those wishing to share a memory of George, or condolences, may do so at www.winchesterfuneralhome.com.