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James R. Plunkett, 70, of Fillner Avenue, North Tonawanda, a retired employee of the former Bell Aircraft Textron plant in Wheatfield, died Friday (March 27, 1998) in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a long illness.

A native of Salamanca, Plunkett moved to North Tonawanda in 1964. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a former member of the Army National Guard.

Plunkett was a journeyman mold-maker and plastics worker at Bell when he retired in 1988 after 35 years service. He was an avid hunter and member of the National Rifle Association.

He also was a member of Post 534, American Legion, and a life member of Post 5296, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Salamanca. He was also a member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church in North Tonawanda.

Survivors include his wife, the former Hazel E. Kruse; two sons, Thomas of Wilson and Timothy of Ransomville; a brother, Herbert of Gasport; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Hardison Funeral Homes Inc., 3648 Ransomville Road, Ransomville.


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