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Allen W. Plymale, 57, former coordinator of volunteer services at Orleans Correctional Facility in Albion, died of a heart attack Thursday (Dec. 23, 1999) in his home here.

A native of Endicott, he grew up in Vestal, where he played offensive tackle for the Vestal High School football team. He played the same position at Wheaton (Ill.) College.

He received a degree in philosophy and theology from Wheaton and a master's degree in education from Cortland State College.

Plymale moved to Albion in 1986 to accept the job at the correctional facility. He had joined the state Department of Corrections in 1981 at Dannemora Correctional Facility and later worked at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, where he became supervisor of volunteer services.

Earlier, he taught in Vestal and Binghamton, was a Boy Scout district executive, aquatics director and assistant camp director and operated a nursery school and kindergarten in Endicott with his wife, Barbara Martin Plymale.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are five sons, Allen of Johnstown, Pa., Daniel of Austin, Texas, Erik of Rochester, Michael of Middlebury, Vt., and Todd; three daughters, Beth Lyons and Cherie Wagner, both of Austin, and Colleen Thompson of Bennington, Vt.; a brother, Warren of Harrisburg, Pa.; three sisters, Dorkis Tiel of Morris Plains, N.J., Kathryn Miner of Milton, Vt., and Ruth Allen of Bethlehem, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 8 in Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, Park and Main streets, Albion.


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