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Donald Melvin Plautz

December 26, 1942 ~ April 10, 2022 (age 79)


     Donald Melvin Plautz, 79, of Palmyra, died on April 10, 2022 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

     He was born on December 26, 1942, in Milwaukee, WI, a son of the late Frederick Christ and Dorothy (Elert) Plautz.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Russ Plautz.

     Dr. Plautz graduated from Elmhurst University in 1965 and earned a PhD in Organic Chemistry from South Dakota State University. He married his college sweetheart, Bonnie, on July 2, 1966. Don taught Chemistry for one year in Michigan but spent most of his career in Illinois as a Forensic Scientist and Lab Director. He and Bonnie moved to Lake Monticello in 2006 and spent fifteen happy years there together.

     Don was most proud of his family, which includes his wife; a son Jeff Plautz (Carol); daughter Julie Heller (John); and granddaughter, Reagan.

      A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Salem United Methodist Church by the Rev. Rebecca Trovalli.

      The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

      In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent Salem United Methodist Church, 840 Salem Church Rd., or to Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue, 10 Slice Rd., Palmyra, VA 22963.

     Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

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Memorial Service
April 23, 2022

2:00 PM
Salem United Methodist Church
840 Salem Church Rd.
Palmyra, VA 22963

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