Obituary: William Dean Plake


December 13, 2006

Funeral services for William "Billie" Dean Plake, 71, Tonganoxie, were Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie.

Mr. Plake died Dec. 5, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 26, 1935, in Chanute, the son of Leo Clifford Plake and Wilma Pearl Hornbeck.

Mr. Plake enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and cooking, as well as home projects.

He converted to Catholicism at 21 and was a member of Sacred Heart Church Church and held fourth-degree distinction with the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of local union International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 53.

Due to illness, Mr. Plake retired in 1978 after many years working in the grocery business and Shade Tree Service Company. In 1981, Mr. Plake received a kidney transplant from his sister, Beverly.

From 1982 until 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Plake owned and operated Granny's Hilltop.

On Nov. 10, 1956, he married Wilma Eskina. She survives, of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Brian Plake, Mclouth, Gregg Plake, Lawrence, and William Plake, Tonganoxie; two daughters, Michelle Collier and Kathy Caenen, both of Tonganoxie; a brother Wilford Plake, Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Beverly Plake, Kansas City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart Prayer Garden or the Knights of Columbus, which includes "Project Moses."

Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie, handled arrangements.

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