John William (Bill) Plummer

Dr. John William (Bill) Plummer, DDS, age 89, passed away at home surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Bill was born on April 17, 1924, in Sparta, the son of William and Elizabeth Plummer. He attended the University of Wisconsin Madison and graduated from Marquette Dental School. His education was interrupted to serve as an enlisted soldier during World War II in Europe.

After graduating from dental school, Bill returned to the active duty as an officer in the Army, and eventually was in three branches of the armed forces and Air National Guard. He retired as a Major. After his active duty, Bill and his wife, Rita Marie Hansen, who was his kindergarten sweetheart, settled in Oregon, Wis. to start a private dental practice and raise a family. Bill was an active member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic church, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, Oregon Chamber of Commerce, Nathaniel Ames Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and Wisconsin Society of Colonial Wars. He enjoyed genealogy, cooking, canoeing the Wisconsin River, and spending weekends at his cabin on the Petenwell Flowage. Bill was an Eagle Scout, Dental Fellow, and Paul Harris Rotarian. One of his proudest moments was being selected for the Badger Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in May of 2012. Bill is survived by sons, John (Mary) Plummer of Milwaukee, Charles (Karla Mattson) of Oregon; daughters, Mayo (David) Ewanowski of Madison and Monica (Peter) Kovacevich of Des Moines, Iowa; and grandsons, Michael Ewanowski of Salt Lake City, Utah, and John Ewanowski of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Rosemary Newell; and brother, Billie. In pursuit of medical education, Bill donated his body to the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

A Memorial Catholic Mass will be held at Holy Mother of Consolation Church, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Visitation will be held at the church at 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Monday. A celebration of his life will follow the services at the Plummer residence in Oregon, Wis. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to Badger Honor Flight PO Box 258066 Madison, WI 53725 or to the Oregon Public Library. Bill’s children wish to thank Agrace Hospice, Michelle Popovich, and Rita Lester who provided care, companionship, and support towards the end of his life. Bill will be especially remembered for his quick wit, furious games of bridge and hearts, friendly hospitality and his unending generosity to all. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr., Oregon, WI

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