Louis Plagens

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Louis August Plagens, age 91, passed peacefully into eternity on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Born on February 6, 1927, in Marlin, Texas to M. J. (Max) Plagens and Edith (Huff) Plagens , he came to be known as "Smiley" verified by many photos throughout his life and his subtle, dry sense of humor. He loved to tease. From his youth on, he always worked, for someone and often for himself. His mind was always actively thinking of some possibility. Upon graduation from Waco High School in 1944, he took on the role of sailor - serving in the U. S. Navy Armed Guard. Having completed boot camp in San Diego, California, he proceeded to the Pacific arena where he battled for the safety of his ship as a member of a gun crew. In one incident he lost most of his hearing in one ear during emergency (successful) efforts to shoot down a Kamikaze suicide pilot. Eventually he was honorably discharged and soon attended the University of Houston where he studied electronic communication and business, passions that served him well in his long entrepreneurial career. While in Houston he met and married Carolyn Melvene Crump -known by all as Melba. Louis claimed that he had to marry her because he "owed her $80 and couldn't pay her back." And then there was that smile. A little over nine months later their first child, Carolyn was born. It would be nine years before their second child, Mark was born. During that intervening time Louis and Melba both finished enough schooling to work mostly days, but it took all their tag-team effort to be successful. Louis still worked many nights repairing televisions, worked for years for Southwestern Bell and many more years for Transcontinental Gas Pipeline where he eventually was responsible for the installation and maintenance of their microwave system from New York to Mexico. Louis was a member of The Radio Club of America. He founded and managed F. M Communications which he eventually sold and from this seed of Louis' business grew FleetCall and Nextel. Yearly trips to Falcon Lake were evidence of Louis' love of fishing. Perhaps that motivated him to develop 38 acres near Cut & Shoot, Texas into The Country Place RV Park, still a thriving business which he also sold after operating successfully for many years. Louis and Melba enjoyed traveling and especially cruise ship vacations. Louis was a Mason since 1949 and was always active in a local chapter, viewing their influence as a positive way to serve his fellow man. He enjoyed a long life and lived his final years in Conroe, Texas. He never stopped planning and thinking about what could be, such was his entrepreneurial spirit. He often expressed his philosophy of life in this quote: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift." He is sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents, M. J. (Max) and Edith (Huff) Plagens; his wife, Carolyn Melvene Crump; sister Frances Olsen; brother Pete Plagens; his granddaughter Jessica Marie Plagens.

Survived by his sister Louise Cox of Bryan, TX and sister Alberta(Peaches) Grams of Conroe, TX; son Mark A. Plagens and wife Sharon of Iola, Texas; daughter Carolyn A. Brown and husband Ron of Conroe, Texas; Grandchild: Joseph Michael Plagens and wife Karyn of Southlake, Texas; Sharrie L. Gragg of Calhoun Falls, SC; William Louis Dobbs and wife Gina of Picayune, MS; 2nd Lt. U S Army Benjamin Ray Gilmore and wife Tiffany Gilmore of Ft. Worth Texas; greatgrandchildren: Lillian Dallis Galvan of Spring, TX; Stephen A. Gragg and wife Libby and son Kyle Gragg of Calhoun Falls, SC; Samantha C. Gragg and Mark W. Gragg of Calhoun Falls, SC; Tyler L. Dobbs, Ethan J. Dobbs, Noah M. Dobbs, and Jordan G. Dobbs of Picayune, MS; Grandchild Lana Leigh Wilkens and husband Matthew and greatgrandchildren Samuel, Peter, Tess, Harry, and Stella Wilkens-all of Norman, OK. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at Cashner Funeral Home, 801 Teas Road, Conroe, Texas. The family will greet guests from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Celebration of Life services will commence at 3:00 followed by the graveside service on site.


Published on yourconroenews.com from Apr. 6 to Apr. 19, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Cashner Funeral Home
801 Teas Road | Conroe, TX 77303 | (936) 756-2126
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