Plahanski, John Richard
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John Richard Plahanski, devoted father and husband, went peacefully with his Lord on the 12th day of February 2013. He was predeceased in death by his parents, John and Leocadia; and his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara A. Deinhardt Plahanski. Dick is survived by his four children: David and wife Loreen Plahanski of Binghamton, Lynne Plahanski and John Young of Garner, NC, Laura and husband Christopher Harrington of Garner, NC and Susan and husband Scott George of Oneida, NY. He is also survived by his six grandchildren: Tyler and Megan Plahanski, Aidan Harrington, Jared, Jacob, and Jenna George, as well as several cousins and in-laws. A life-long resident of Binghamton, Dick was a graduate of Johnson City High School followed by service in the US Navy as an electronics specialist from the years 1950-54. He served in the Korean Conflict during combat, on the USS Waldron, and later attended Clarkson University from 1954-58 at which time he received his degree in Engineering. Dick was employed with the Syracuse Supply Company for many years, ending his 28-year career in Vestal, NY as branch manager of his division. He highly regarded and maintained relationships with the many friends and associations he made during the course of his professional career. Dick and his beloved wife, Barbara, married in 1957 and were longtime parishioners of All Saints Polish National Catholic Church in Johnson City, NY. He was an active church member and contributor, having served on the board and other committees for several years. As with his parents, Dick was proud of his Polish heritage and involved himself in annual church-related and community events. Dick loved traveling with his wife and enjoyed vacationing with family through the years. He especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family at "the cottage" on Echo Lake that he constructed with his father in the early 1960's. A member of Ducks Unlimited, Dick was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish and shared countless trips with his cousin, Paul Sents, who in this life was revered "a brother." Dick also enjoyed and spent much time engaged in woodworking and gardening, taking pride in the enhancements made to his home and lake properties. Above all, Dick was a devoted father and family man. He will be greatly missed for his steadfast guidance, love and support. His children will remember and cherish his warm smile and sense of humor, his character, his diligence, his integrity and life-long commitment to them. May God bless you, Dad. A Funeral Service will be held Monday, June 17th, at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Polish National Catholic Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dennis Ruda. Internment will follow in the Parish Cemetery at 12:00 p.m. It is the wish of the family that in lieu of flowers, donations in Dick's memory be made to the National
(per website link) or All Saints Polish National Catholic Church, 42 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, NY 13790. Arrangements and Supervision by:
Laskowski Funeral Home
367 Prospect St. Binghamton, NY 13905
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from June 14 to June 16, 2013