Cover photo for Joseph Earl Plunkett Jr.'s Obituary
1930 Joseph 2022

Joseph Earl Plunkett Jr.

November 3, 1930 — January 30, 2022


Joseph Earl "Junior" Plunkett, age 91 of Kingman, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. He was born in Montgomery County on November 3, 1930 to the late Joseph Earl Sr. & Mary Mae (Byerly) Plunkett.

Junior attended Rabb School and proudly served his country in the United States Army in the 78th infantry during the Korean War. On March 7, 1961 he married the love of his life, Emma Lou Sanders, who survives. Throughout the years he worked at the Wallace Lime Pit, General Motors, the Brick Yard in Crawfordsville, was a millwright at the Local 1003-1076 in Indianapolis for over 50 years, and owned and operated Plunkett Salvage and Towing in Kingman for over 60 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 314, a Shiner and 32 degree Mason; a member of the Kingman American Legion for 60 years, Eastern Star, Civil Defense, Covington VFW lifetime member, and Fountain/Parke County Low12 Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Emma; three children, Mike (Gail Langford) Plunkett, Debbie (Glen) Paxton, and Kevin (Val) Plunkett; eleven grandchildren, Mikey, Dustin, Jason, Jenny, Jennifer, Natalie, Jacob, Josh, Justin, Kristin, and Ryan; 19 great grandchildren; a sister, Elsie McClure; a brother, George (Helen) Plunkett; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry Plunkett; a grandson, Kyle Plunkett; a granddaughter, Alisha Huffman; a brother Everett Plunkett; and a sister, Kay Schmidt.

Visitation will be at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S 1st Street, in Kingman on Tuesday February 8, 2022 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm with Masonic Rites at 6:45pm. The service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 1:00pm with Rodney Coffman officiating and military honors by Legion Post 72 Honor Guard and the United States Army. The service will be recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Fountain County Sheriff K-9 Fund, 439 E 50 S, Veedersburg, IN 47987 or Kingman Fire Department, PO Box 91, Kingman, IN 47952. Burial will follow at Centennial Cemetery. Share memories and condolences online at

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

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