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Miles Vincent Plzak

entered into eternal rest on October 14, 2014, in Georgetown, Texas. He was born on April 5, 1913, in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest son of James Plzak and Anna Kudrna Plzak. He was the brother of Elsie Musil Vondra, Antoinette Zahour, and James Plzak, all of whom preceded him in death. He had five nieces and nephews, three of whom preceded him in death.

On July 16, 1939, he married the love of his life, Bessee Marie Hejtmanek, who died in 2001, just 6 weeks before their 62nd wedding anniversary. He and Bess were the parents of two daughters, Marianne Inman (David) of Georgetown and Constance Koster (Gregory) of Atlanta, Georgia.

Miles worked for 43 years for the Western Electric Company, beginning at the famed Hawthorn plant in Chicago and retiring from the company in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also lived and worked in Rochester, New York; Duluth, Minnesota; and, in more recent years, Fayette, Missouri; and Georgetown, Texas. Apprenticed as a tool and die maker, he quickly entered the supervisory ranks of the Western and retired in 1973 as assistant manager. He was active in a number of employee clubs and served as President of the Indianapolis Club as well as the Shadeland chapter of the Telephone Pioneers. He was also a member of the Millersville Lodge of the Masons and the Czech and Slovak Club in Indianapolis. While living in Fayette, he was the "elder statesman" of the local Rotary Club. Miles was an avid and excellent golfer, who, at the age of 83, shot his age for 18 holes!

Always one to find humor in any situation, Miles will long be remembered for his ability to turn almost anything into a well-intentioned joke or turn of phrase. He could regale an audience indefinitely with his well crafted stories. He was above all a kind, gentle, extremely generous man whose life and values were a model for his family and friends. In his later years his helpers and caregivers described him with two key words: "sweetheart" and "amazing."

Funeral services will be held at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 2720 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 20, 2014. Visitation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. before the service. You are invited to visit the website where you may share a personal memory of Miles, sign the guest book or arrange a memorial contribution to Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri 65248 or to Union Chapel United Methodist Church. Arrangements: Leppert Mortuary.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 17, 2014
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