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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Ernest W. Pleger

Issue Date: March 10, 2021

Ernest William Pleger, age 89, of Marinette, Wisconsin passed away peacefully in his home on March 3, 2021 with his son, Tim, and daughter, Amy, by his side.

Ernie was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on May 4, 1931 to Louise and Elmer Pleger, who preceded him in death. He attended Grosse Pointe public schools but finished his last two years of high school in Lapeer, Michigan, graduating with the Class of 1949. He subsequently attended Michigan State University graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology as well as a commission in the United States Army and entered active duty in 1953 in the Army Medical Service Corps. He spent the bulk of his two years of active duty at Camp Carson, Colorado, receiving mountain and cold weather training.

In January 1956, he entered the University of Wisconsin Law School and while a student, met and married his beloved wife, Barbara, in 1958. While in law school he served as law clerk for the state headquarters of the Wisconsin Selective Service System. Following his graduation in 1959, he joined a Marinette law firm and practiced until his retirement in 1997.

While living in Marinette he served for several years as a member of the local Draft Board. Ernie served as president of the Marinette Kiwanis Club and enjoyed participating in the "Kapers" for many years. He was a former trustee of Pioneer Presbyterian Church as well as a former president of the Marinette Chamber of Commerce.

Following his retirement, Ernie had more time to pursue his lifelong interest in art, more particularly painting in watercolor and his work is represented in many galleries, private and corporate collections. He was a member of the Menominee Area Arts Council. Ernie loved the give and take of playing poker with his pals and seldom missed a game.

He valued people with a sense of humor and thoroughly enjoyed life until he "cashed in his chips". He cherished his wife Barbara for their 52 years together before she passed away in 2010. Ernie was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Pleger; his sister, Rheta Hodges; his loving partner, Jane Janes, who shared more than the last three years of her life with him before her death in 2016. Ernie also lost his beloved son, Tom, whose untimely death occurred in 2017.

Ernie loved and took pride in his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Ernie is survived by his son, Tim (Stacie) of Green Bay; daughter, Amy Pfister (Tom) of Pewaukee, Wis.; grandchildren, Andrew and Matthew Pleger and Dominic, Allyson, Samantha, Zachary and Jake Pfister; loving daughter-in-law, Teresa Pleger, as well as Chad, Casey, Collin Hughes and Janessa Delmark.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Ernie would be pleased if you shared an amusing story or the latest joke with an old friend. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family.


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