Russell Plank

Russell (Russ) W. Plank of Loveland, Colorado, passed away on February 6, 2013. Russ was born in Fleming, Colorado on September 18, 1936 to John Sibley Plank and Goldia B. (Clausen) Plank. He graduated from Fleming High School lettering in football, basketball, baseball and track all four years of high school. He participated in band, choir and male quartet. He attended Northeastern Junior College for two years. On August 28, 1955, Russ married his childhood sweetheart, Inez Kinzie. They moved to Sterling where they raised their family. He worked for the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad as a locomotive engineer for 32 years. Upon retiring in March of 2000 the couple moved to Loveland, CO. He spent his 13 retirement years as a Senior Police Volunteer for the Loveland Police Department. Aside from spending time with Inez and the family, he found his greatest joy in serving Loveland with his adopted family from the Loveland Police Department. He worked part-time for the last 8 years at the Mountain Wave Car Wash. He was a welcomed face among the countless friends he made at the car wash during his employment. He was a member of the Faith Evangelical Church and a long-time member of the Elks Club. Russ is survived by this wife, Inez; son, Rock Plank and wife Anne of Shippensburg, PA, daughter Karen Townsend and husband Richard of Firestone, CO; grandchildren Laura Sones and husband Greg, Rebecca Plank, Russell William Plank, Lane Hart and wife Andrea of Dacono, CO and Brittany Hart of Lafayette, CO; Three great-grandchilldren, Lilyan Hart-Sones, Caleb Sones and Carson Hart; sister Betty Kohnon of Aurora, CO. He is preceded in death by his parents, John S. and Goldia Plank, brother Billy Dean Plank and niece Jennifer (Plank) Stern. A memorial service will be held Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Evangelical Church, 2707 N. Wilson Avenue, Loveland, CO 80538. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Interfaith Hospitality Network in Care of Viegut Funeral Home. Go to for condolences.

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Viegut Funeral Home
1616 N. Lincoln Avenue Loveland, CO 80538

Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Feb. 12, 2013