Howard Kiel Plummer Jr.
September 5, 1935 - May 19, 2017
Howard “Kiel” Plummer Jr., 81, of Packard Road, rural Morenci, died early Friday morning, May 19, 2017, at his home, in the company of his wife and son, while in the compassionate care of Hospice of Lenawee. Born in Chester, PA on September 5, 1935, he was the son of the late Howard Kiel and Dora (Fulmer) Plummer. He married Vicki Middleton on September 2, 1957, in Grand Rapids, MI, and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2010. He later married Gloria (nee Gregory) Gardner on February 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 PA, and the 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, PA. He later served as an analytical chemist and microscopist for American Viscose Division of FMC Corp, and later at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. Accomplished in his research career, he earned many distinguished awards through his working years, and had earned three US Patents in the automotive industry.
Kiel settled in Seneca Township after his retirement in 1998. He served for over 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 over 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.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife, Gloria, are a son, Howard Kiel Plummer III, Ph.D., of Knoxville, TN; an adopted daughter, Terry of MI; three sisters, Marilyn Hull, Trudy Morley, and Cheri Plummer all of PA; a brother, Alan (Patti) Plummer of NC; step-son, Robert (Julie) Gardner of Belleville, MI; step-daughter, Jessica (Nathan) Crain of Glen Burnie, MD; four grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren, Kennedy, Cade, and Noel.
In accordance with Kiel’s final wishes, cremation will take place. 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 the Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci.Memorial contributions in honor of Kiel can be directed to Hospice of Lenawee or the Lenawee Humane Society.