Howard “Kiel” Plummer, Jr., 81, of rural Morenci, Mich., died May 19, 2017, at his home, in the company of his wife and son, while in the compassionate care of Hospice of Lenawee.
Born Sept. 5, 1935, in Chester, Pa., he was the son of the late Howard Kiel and Dora (Fulmer) Plummer. He married Vicki Middleton on Sept. 2, 1957, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2010. He later married Gloria (née Gregory) Gardner on Feb. 14, 2015, at his home, and she survives.
Kiel graduated high school from Ridley Park, Pa., and furthered his education at the University of Michigan, Ferris State, University of Pennsylvania, and American University in Washington, D.C. His early professional career was spent as a chemistry and physics teacher in Newtown Square and his alma mater, Ridley Park. He later served as an analytical chemist and microscopist for American Viscose Division of FMC Corp, and later at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. Accomplished in his research career, he earned many distinguished awards through his working years, and earned three U.S. patents in the automotive industry.
Kiel settled in Seneca Township after his retirement in 1998. He served for more than seven years as the Seneca Township Supervisor. He enjoyed woodworking and cabinetry, sailing on his yacht in Lake Erie, and always enjoyed dogs. He notably served more than 40 years as an usher at the University of Michigan Stadium. Kiel established and sponsored the annual Vicki M. & H. Kiel Plummer Scholarship administered by the Morenci Education Foundation.
In addition to his wife, Kiel is survived by a son, Howard Kiel Plummer III, Ph.D., of Knoxville, Tenn.; an adopted daughter, Terry of Michigan; three sisters, Marilyn Hull, Trudy Morley and Cheri Plummer, all of Pa., a brother, Alan (and Patti) Plummer of North Carolina; step-son, Robert (and Julie) Gardner of Belleville, Mich.; step-daughter, Jessica (and Nathan) Crain of Glen Burnie, Md.; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren, Kennedy, Cade and Noel.
Cremation will take place and a private memorial celebration in his honor will be held at his home at a later date, with the Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.
Arrangements were handled by Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Lenawee or the Lenawee Humane Society.