WILLIAM L. PLANT, 91, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Saint Anne Home. Born May 1, 1921, in Fowler, Ind., he was the son of William and Lillian Plant. "Dad enjoyed the small Hoosier farm town upbringing with his two sisters, Leah and Doris. As a boy, Dad played baseball, shot pool and worked at his dad's gas station. He read books by authors such as Zane Grey that inspired his life long love of the great outdoorsand maps!! These interests would later be carried forward by many of his children." In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and flew on B-24s and B-25s with the Army Air Corps in the South Pacific during World War II as a radar operator. After the war, work brought him to Fort Wayne and he spent many years as a photo engraver (LPIU) with Lincoln Engraving and at the Fort Wayne Newspapers. He married "our mother" Doris Doust in 1950 and they raised eight children, Robert (Linda), Edward (Pam), John (Lorie), Jim (Jen Shoup), Mary Tonne (Kevin), Thomas (Kim), Jerry (Dawn), and Joanne Mannes (Peter). As charter members of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, they were involved in many church activities over their 50 year membership. William volunteered with the Boy Scouts, St. Charles Track, St. Patrick's Food Pantry, the Election Board, Knights of Columbus Council 451 and ushered at Church. In retirement, William and Doris traveled, volunteered, enjoyed winters in sunny Gulf Shores, Ala. and spending summer days at the family lake cottage in northern Indiana. "Dad enjoyed the love and respect of his children, 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren (who loved his firm handshakes). His friends were many and his faith in God was firm. We would like to thank Saint Anne's Courtyard Club who enriched his life over the last several years." He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; son, Tom; and sister, Leah Windler. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Saint Anne Home, 1900 Randallia Drive. Donations may be made to the St. Charles Borromeo Tuition Assistance Fund or St. Patrick Food Pantry. www.klaehnfahlmelton.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Apr. 10, 2013