Charles "Chuck" Plant
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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.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 7, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Chuck's passing. I enjoyed Chuck's friendship and humor while at CACI. He always raised the spirits of those around him, was a consummate professional and gentleman. I learned of his Santa role after his retirement and what a perfect fit! He was and will always be missed. All my best to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Andrew Pirich
April 6, 2021
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April 6, 2021
Beautiful memorial Jan - to say that he was a stranger to none and a friend to all is such an understatement for the wonderful, caring person that was Chuck. He will leave a huge empty space in all our hearts. Marianne
Marianne Ferguson
April 6, 2021
Charles “Chuck” Plant will be deeply missed. He was a man with a heart so big it was easy to see he was a Christian - a man who walked the path serving the Lord by serving others. His career while impressive was never what Chuck bragged about. He talked about love. He lived a life of love... he loved his wife and kids and you knew it. He loved his church and he kept Christmas in his heart all year long! I have been blessed to have known him. Rest in paradise.
Bettye Ames
April 6, 2021
You were always considered a dear friend who I could count on for a much needed laugh. Condolences to your family. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Santa Chuck!

Kim Njowusi
Kim Njowusi
April 5, 2021
He was a fan of ours, his interaction with my grandson was amazing as with all the children at the photo shoots at Christmas was magical. We will miss those special pictures at Christmas time. Thank you for sharing with us, he will be missed.
Debbie Fisher
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