Raymond J. Plack, age 83, of Knoxville, Illinois died at 9:20 A.M. on Monday, February 24, 2014 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
He was born on September 3, 1930 in Brimfield, Illinois the son of Walter J. and Stella M. Cox Plack. He was raised and educated in Brimfield, Illinois, attending Brimfield High School. He married Marian Menka on April 25, 1954 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria, Illinois. She survives of Knoxville, Illinois.
Surviving are his sons: Dale (Susan) Plack of Brimfield, Illinois, Keith (Lori) Plack of Elmore, Illinois, and Lyle (Melissa) Plack of Knoxville, Illinois; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Ruth Kingdon of Brimfield, Illinois, one niece and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother and one infant grandson.
He was a farmer and a truck driver in the Brimfield area. He later worked for Gunther Construction and Cedar Co. as a tractor-trailer driver. He retired in 1993 after 30 years with the company.
He was a veteran of the Peoria 169th Fighter Squadron of the Air National Guard. A lifetime member of the Peoria Motorcycle Club, the American Motorcyclist Association, Kickapoo Sportsman club, and the Peoria and Knox County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Teamsters #627 Retiree Club. He belonged to the H-2 Honda Gold Wing Riders Club. His hobbies were riding his motorcycle, watching NASCAR races, the Chicago Bulls, playing cards and visiting with his family. He was of the Lutheran Faith.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. Michel D. Clark officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes in Knoxville, Illinois. Interment will take place at the Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, Illinois. Fellowship will be held at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home Center following the interment at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Fire Department. Online condolences and sympathy cards may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com