Thomas "Tom" Plunkett, age 74 of Beloit died on Monday, October 15, 2018 surrounded by his family at Beloit Memorial Hospital. He was born July 10, 1944 the son of Leslie and Ollie (Dooley) Plunkett in Beloit. Tom graduated from Beloit Memorial High School, class of 1962. He enlisted into the U. S. Army surviving two tours in Vietnam and valiantly serving his Country until his honorable discharge in April of 1970. Tom earned the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, the Combat Infantryman badge, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal and 4 Overseas Bars. After the service Tom returned to Beloit and worked for Black & Decker, Dolphin Inc. and the School District of Beloit, retiring in 2003. He married Ellen V. Torvick on July 17, 1981 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church. Tom was a life member of the VFW and the 3rd Infantry D.C. He was also a member of the Janesville Moose Lodge. Tom had a passion for banding birds at the Colored Sands Bird Observatory. He loved to hunt (whitetails & turkey) and fish (whatever was biting!!) with his two sons.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Plunkett; two sons, Paul Plunkett and Mark (Lisa) Plunkett; two daughters, Lisa Dahlke and Karin (Joe Wessels) Riley; eight grandchildren, Bryan (Jamie), Buddy (Lori) , Nikki (Brook), Morgan, Logan, Larry Jr. (Taylor), Ryan and Emily; his brother, John Plunkett; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many in laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister and brother in law, Judi & Rudi Schultes.
The family is grateful for the care given by the staff of Beloit Memorial Hospital and the many friends and neighbors during Tom's long journey.
Tom's Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in the BRIAN MARK FUNERAL HOME, 1000 Inman Parkway, Beloit with Lynda Johnson officiating. Friends will be received on Saturday in the Funeral Home from 12 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established. Burial will be private. Please share a memory or a condolence with the family on our website.
In Lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established.