Plummer Frances Collins, 87, of Ditmar Street, North Warren, PA, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Warren General Hospital after a brief illness.
Plummer was born November 16, 1925, in Meadville, one of seven children of the late Arthur and Mabel Benton Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Robert Collins; brothers, Lt. Col. Arthur Collins, Jr. and William Collins, and his sister Lois Collins Coursen. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kingsley Collins, whom he married on July 30, 1949 in Cambridge Springs, PA; two children, Richard Collins, Rochester, NY and Cynthia Collins (Steven) Strickland, Brandon, FL; two brothers, Harry (Jacqueline) Collins, Fayetteville, NC and Alan (Lucy) Collins, Temple Terrace, FL; five grandchildren, Brian Collins, Los Angeles, CA; Kimberly Collins, Youngstown, OH; Colin (Allison) Strickland, Tampa, FL; Casey Strickland, Oxford, MS and Connor Strickland, Tampa, FL.
Plummer was exceptionally proud of his grandchildren and they loved and respected him greatly. Their favorite memories are visiting with him and sharing the many stories of his life, as well as his proud involvement in all their accomplishments. He was a true mentor to them and they are grateful for his guidance and love.
Raised in Linesville, PA, Plummer graduated from Linesville High School in 1943, just in time to enlist in the U. S. Navy where he served through the end of World War II as a First Class Petty Officer in radio communications aboard an LSM Navy ship. After separating from the Navy, Plummer moved to Erie, PA where he started his first career in finance, which brought him to Warren in 1949. He was then recalled to active duty in the Navy and served his country again during the Korean War, returning to Warren in 1952. Plummer then worked as the manager of Carson Finance until his appointment to the position of recorder of Deeds and the Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans Court in 1980. He faithfully fulfilled his duties in that position until his retirement in 1991. He was also a very active member of the Warren community being active in Kiwanis Club, Member of the Cancer Society Board, Conewango Valley Country Club, Treasurer Warren County Republican Party, Past President of the N. Warren Civic Club, Chamber of Commerce; and a member of North Star Consistory, Zem Zem Temple Shrine. One of his proudest associations was with the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, being a lifetime member (63 years) and having served as International President in 1976. He was also the President of Harmony Foundation, Kenosha, Wisconsin and was certified as the International Secretary of Judges in 1974. He truly loved Barbershop music and attended the national conventions with his wife every year for many years.
Friends will be received in the parlors at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market Street, Warren for one hour prior to a Celebration of Life service on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 a. m. with the Reverend Ellie JohnsKelley, Pastor, officiating. At the convenience of the family a private Interment will be in Warren County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St. Warren, PA 16365, or the Harmony Foundation International, Inc., Ste. 200, 100 7th Ave. N., Nashville, TN 37203.
The Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements. Econdolences may be sent to www.peterson blick funeralhome.com.