Charles E. (Chuck) Plant, 74, passed away on April 1, 2021, at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD after an extended illness.
Chuck was a loving husband to Janina for 31 years and a beloved father of five: adopted-daughter JoAnn and son Jeffrey (Kristina) from a previous marriage; Jennifer, Jeremy, and step-son Michael. He was cherished by his grandchildren, Savannah and Charlotte Plant, Amber and Zachary Gross, nieces and nephews, and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Plant and Esther Bartruff Plant; a brother, Ray Plant; and sisters Lena (Franklin "Bud") Smith of Fairborn, OH and Catherine (Ronald) Conley of Springfield, OH.
Chuck graduated from Shawnee High School in Springfield, Ohio and attended the University of Maryland University College. A veteran of the Vietnam war and Operation Desert Storm, he honorably served in the US Army for 24 years as a Legal Specialist. Following his retirement from active duty, he worked for CACI International, Inc. in Arlington, VA as a Paralegal Supervisor for 18 years.
"Santa Chuck" was best known for his portrayal of Santa Claus over the past decade for which he received local acclaim and national media coverage. During the 2020 lock-down of the global pandemic, he engaged in hundreds of virtual "Santa chat" visits with children worldwide to ease their fears, ending with the reassuring statement, "I'll see you at Christmas - but you won't see me"!
Chuck was a stranger to none, a friend to all, and will be deeply missed by many. The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of prayers and sentiments during this time. "Those we love can never be more than a thought away, for as long as there's a memory, they live in our hearts to stay".
A Celebration of Life will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland, MD followed by burial at Rocky Gap Veteran's Cemetery in Flintstone, MD, with full military honors. Dates to be announced.
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2021.