Albert Plutt (1926 - 2014)

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Albert Plutt, former longtime
resident of Woodland
Park and most recently
of Haskell, Texas passed
away Monday afternoon,
August 4, 2014, in Abilene,
Texas under the wonderful
care of Hendrick Hospice.
Mr. Plutt was 87. Funeral
services will be held at
2:00 p.m., Friday, August
8, 2014, at the First Baptist
Church in Haskell with Rev.
Jim McCurley officiating.
Arrangements were made
with Smith Family Funeral
Homes. Per his wishes,
he will be cremated and
returned to his home in
The youngest of 4 boys,
Al was born December 16,
1926, in Panama, Illinois to
his Yugoslavian immigrant
parents, Rosie (Pikon) and
Matthew Plutt. His father
passed away when Al was
young and his mother was
left with the responsibility
of raising 4 young boys on
her own. Al graduated high
school in Hillsboro, Illinois
in 1944 and on December
9, 1944, he proudly entered
the United States Navy in
Great Lakes, Illinois and
served during WWII in
Guam. Al was assigned
to sea duty aboard mine
sweeper USS YMS 353. He
was honorably discharged
in Los Angeles, California
on August 9, 1946, as a Seaman
First Class.
He began his career with
Pacific Bell Telephone
Company in Los Angeles
and soon met a pretty red
headed Irish girl named
Jeanne Sweeney. Al married
Margaret Jean Sweeney
in Whittier, California
on November 20, 1949, at
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Catholic Church. They
were married 63 years at
the time of Jean's death in
October 2012. Al and Jean
made their home in Whittier
and San Clemente,
California for several years
before being transferred to
Woodland Park, Colorado
where Al remained with
Mountain Bell Telephone
Company until his retirement
in 1981. Al and Jean
lived and raised their
family in Colorado for more
than 35 years before a short
time in Arizona, and then
moving to Haskell to live
closer to their daughter and
Al was a gentle and kind
spirited man that loved his
family. He enjoyed gardening,
both vegetables and
flowers, and was known
to have the nicest garden
in town. Everything was
shared whether it be his
potatoes and carrots from
the garden or the beautiful
bouquets of delphenians
and lilacs he so proudly
Al served as President of
the Telephone Pioneers
Union; lifetime member of
the Thomas E. Kelly VFW
Post 6051 in Woodland
Park, Colorado and the
Elks Lodge #316 in Cripple
Creek, Colorado. An avid
fisherman, Al was happiest
either out on the ice
or on a bank fishing for
hours - sometimes days. He
enjoyed many fishing trips
with his 2 sons to various
lakes in Colorado and Nebraska.
He has passed his
love of fishing down to all
of his grandsons and not to
mention a granddaughter
or two.
He is preceded in death
by his wife, Margaret Jean
Plutt; his parents, Matt and
Rosie Plutt; and his 3 brothers,
John, Frank, and Victor.
Al's memory will remain
alive by his 2 sons, Steve
Plutt and wife Kim of Lake
George, Colorado, Stan
Plutt and wife Carol of Florissant,
Colorado; daughter,
Meg Case of Haskell,
Texas; grandchildren,
Haley Smith and husband
Brad of Haskell, Texas, Jim
Plutt and wife Louise of
London, Jen Plutt and wife
Christie of Lake George,
Colorado, Theresa Smith
and husband T.J. of Florissant,
Colorado, Daniel Plutt
and wife Keisha of Florissant,
Colorado, Doug Case
and fiancé Erica Balcao of
Lodi, California and David
Case and wife Emily of
Mesa, Arizona. Also surviving
is his great-grandchildren,
Camden and Henry
Smith of Haskell, Karsten
Matthew Plutt of London,
Cy and Christopher Plutt
of Lake George, Kyle Plutt
of Florissant, Brycen and
Shalyn Smith of Florissant,
Addison Plutt of Florissant,
and Claire Margaret-Jean
Case of Mesa.
Serving as pallbearers
for Al are his 3 grandsons,
Daniel Plutt, Henry Smith
and Kyle Plutt, as well as
Robert Tribbey, Steven
Grand, Tim Larned, Heath
Pinkerton, and Steve King.
If desired, memorials
can be made in Al's name
to Hendrick Hospice, 168
Hickory St., Abilene, Texas,
Online condolences can
be shared with the family
at www.smithfamilyfh.
Funeral Home
Smith Family Funeral Homes - Haskell
304 N 2nd St
Haskell, TX 79521
(940) 864-2151
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Aug. 15 to Sept. 14, 2014
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