Michael Charles Plankey, of Clinton, WI, passed away on December 14, 2018. He was 80 years of age.
He was born in Beloit, WI, in Beloit Memorial Hospital, on April 1, 1938, to Floyd and Viola Plankey.
Michael, though a quiet and private man, was nonetheless passionate about the things that interested him, preferring to work with his hands. A master mechanic, he learned his trade in the family automotive repair shop. He operated his own auto repair shop until 1968, when he took a job with Mecum Buick-Pontiac, in Marengo, IL. His love of fast cars provided him with a hobby not far removed from his career, namely stock car racing and repair. After leaving Mecum, he worked for Do It Tool & Dye, from which business he retired.
Michael also had a strong sense of patriotism; he served in the United States Army for two years after he graduated from Beloit Memorial High School.
Michael was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. He loved to frequent the northern Wisconsin town of Hayward, for early-morning fishing. He spent many weekends and vacations there. His fondness for country living and the outdoors further showed itself in an enjoyment of chopping wood for his fireplace. He regularly ventured into the woods near his home, chainsaw in hand, searching for fallen trees that he could cut into fireplace-sized fuel. This interest was well-known among his acquaintances, all of whom made a point of telling him when and where they and others had fallen trees in need of his expertise. His older brother Floyd, with whom he was especially close, was his constant companion in woodcutting.
Michael is survived by his former wife, Dee Dee, his daughters, Dawn Plankey and Dana Schober, his son, Michael Tate Plankey, six grandchildren. Caitlin, Cody, Caleb, and Christian Schober, Paige Marie and Michael Anthony Plankey.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters, Gloria Wilson and Cherrie Zohimsky and his brother, Floyd Plankey.
On Friday May, 17th, at 11:00 a.m. funeral mass will be held at St. Stephen's Catholic Church at 716 Shu-Lar Lane in Clinton, Wisconsin - luncheon to follow in St. Stephen's Parish Center.