According to his wishes, no services will be held for Everett J. (Rick) Plunkett who passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 13 at home in Grass Valley. He was 77.
Mr. Plunkett was born June 22, 1929, to Lela and William Plunkett in McAlester, Okla. His family moved to Nevada City in the 1930s, where Mr. Plunkett spent his childhood and attended school. He graduated from Nevada City High School in 1948.
Mr. Plunkett served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Guam and Bora Bora in the South Pacific as a weatherman.
On May 20, 1951, he married Joan Middleton in Carson City, Nev.
Mr. Plunkett worked as a deliveryman for Nevada City Bottling Works, which relatives owned and, from 1952-1968, at Purity Grocery Store in Nevada City. During the course of his career, he managed several stores in the area, including stores in Grass Valley, Auburn, Placerville, Sacramento and Colusa. Mr. Plunkett also worked at Farmers Market in Grass Valley from the late 1960s until the store closed in the early ’80s.
He loved a good mule deer hunt with friends, fishing high mountain lakes, Idaho Elk Camp and traveling with his wife.
Mr. Plunkett is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Plunkett of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Juanice Plunkett of Grass Valley; grandsons, Brandon Plunkett of Grass Valley and Blair Plunkett of Nevada City; brother, Ed Plunkett of Chico; sisters, Dorothy Pitman of Megalia, Jean Drolla of Paradise and Ruth Chandler of McAlester, Okla. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Smart and brother, James Plunkett.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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