Eugene D. Plume, age 85, of Okemos, Mich., and formerly of Lake Isabella went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Eugene was born to Harry H. and Pearl V. (Walmsley) Plume on Jan. 13, 1933, in Ocqueoc, Mich. He grew up in the Millersburg area and attended Vilburn, Ocqueoc, Millersburg and Onaway schools. He graduated from Presque Isle County Normal Training School and taught 1-6th-grades in a rural school before serving in the U.S. Army.

Gene served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from Sept 5, 1953, to Sept. 4, 1955, and was presented an Honorable Discharge on June 6, 1962. After returning from the service, he was employed at Alpena Supply in customer sales, warehouse supervisor and management. Later he moved to Mt. Pleasant and worked for Milan Supply as a sales representative. Over the years he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and provided maintenance for the Christian camping program at Brook Cherith Camp in Pierson, Mich.; sharing his love for the great outdoors — God’s creation. His most cherished times were spent fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

On June 18, 1954, Gene married Virginia M. Garms, the love of his life, in Onaway, Mich.; they were married for 62 years.

Gene is survived by his children, a son, Harry E. (Ruth) Plume of Alpena, and three daughters, Debra A. Pinkel of Lansing, Mary Kaye Plume of Shepherd, and Valerie L. Biddinger of Cedarville, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Pinkel, Cassie Pinkel, Jonathan Pinkel, Andrea (Todd) Griffin, Lisa Plume, Bryan Plume, Ryan (Brianna) Biddinger, Stefan Biddinger, Andrew (Katlyn Dye) Biddinger and Julia Biddinger; and two great-grandchildren Jace and Gwyneth Griffin; and brothers Garnet and Robert Plume and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents Harry H. and Pearl V. (Walmsley) Plume and his beloved wife Virginia M. (Garms) Plume.

A funeral service celebrating Gene’s life is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Weidman Baptist Church on 7555 W. Airline Road with Pastor Dean Willard officiating. The family will meet with friends from 10-11 a.m. before the service.

Memorial donation in Gene’s honor may be made to the Great Lakes Christian Homes. Envelopes will be available at the church and funeral home.

The family has entrusted arrangements to Maier Family Funeral Home, 5483 W. Weidman Road, Weidman, MI 48893, 989-644-5000. Burial will take place at the Millersburg Cemetery at a later date.