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Robert Elwood Plumleigh


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Robert Elwood Plumleigh Obituary
April 7, 1930 - December 11, 2017 Robert Elwood Plumleigh of Santa Ana, CA passed away peacefully on December 11, 2017, at the age of 87. Originally from Elgin, Illinois and affectionately known by all as "Bob," he attended the University of Southern California where he joined the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and met his loving wife of 62 years, the late Elizabeth "Betty" Plumleigh. After college, Bob worked for over 25 years as a real estate developer, and was known for building the first condominiums in the state of California. Upon retiring as a developer, Bob pursued a second career with his love of fine wines, champagnes, and cognacs as he started his own importing business, Lord Plumleigh Imports. Bob was a fixture at many USC events, but most notably at USC football games. He was a proud member of USC's Skull & Dagger as well as USC Associates, and served on the humanities advisory board as well as marine biology board. In 2006, Bob was inducted into the Phi Tau Hall of Fame, and in 2011 Bob and Betty received the prestigious USC Alumni Service Award, recognizing their volunteer efforts on behalf of the university. While he always beamed with pride of being both a Trojan and Phi Tau, nothing made him more proud than being the father of their one and only late daughter, Karen. Bob will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his vibrant, custom made shirts and coordinating colorfully-lined suits, a love for travel, passion for fine wine and champagne, and loyal support to USC, especially the USC Song Girls and Spirit Leaders. Bob is preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Genevieve Plumleigh, brother Thomas Plumleigh, wife Elizabeth Plumleigh, and daughter Karen Louise Plumleigh Cortney. He will be greatly missed by his son-in-law, David Cortney; grandchildren Majors John and Sharon Cortney (USAF), Bryan and Katelin Cortney, Briede and Claire Marie Charbonnet, Bradley and Celene Lyddon, 7 great-grandchildren, and the many friends whose lives he touched. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC http://ifacs.com/support-us/
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 17, 2017
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