Jack Pluckhahn

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Frederick John Pluckhahn passed away on February 11, 2016 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Jack was born June 4, 1933 in Juneau, Wisconsin to Verona L. Rogler and Alvin H. Pluckhan. He was a 1951 graduate of Juneau High School. Jack obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He rowed crew as a freshman and competed in the Olympic Trials in Syracuse, New York in 1952. While at UW he met his future wife, Nancy Ann Dean of Amery, Wisconsin. Upon graduation in 1955, Jack was drafted into the U.S. Navy in November of that year. He was honorably discharged in August of 1957. Jack and Nancy were married August 1, 1959 in Amery, Wisconsin. They are the parents of five children. Jack began his career as a buyer for Dayton’s Department Store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In January 1968, he and his family moved to Wyckoff, New Jersey when he joined Panasonic (Matsushita Electric Corporation of America), then located in the Pan Am building in New York City. They later moved to Dunwoody, Georgia in 1972 when he became Vice President of the Southern Group of Panasonic (MECA).

In 1982, Jack became President of Quasar (a division of MECA) in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989 he returned to Atlanta, becoming Vice President of Panasonic (MECA). He also served on the Executive Committee of the Electronics Industries Association. His business career allowed him to travel extensively, visiting countries in six continents. Jack and Nancy relocated from Dunwoody, Georgia to Madison, Georgia in 1994. As a member of the Presbyterian Church, Jack served as an Elder in St.Lukes Church in Dunwoody, and in the Madison Presbyterian Church he served also as Stephen Minister and a St. Andrews Sunday School teacher. He participated in several work missions to Mexico through the church. He served on the Morgan County Planning Commission and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). In addition, he was Morgan County’s Habitat for Humanity Executive Director from 1996 until 2008, and a volunteer at The Caring Place. He carried the Olympic Torch in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Margaret Pluckhan of Denver, Colorado, and Lois Pluckhan of Madison, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife Nancy, and their children, Susan and Felix Vizurraga of Watkinsville, Georgia, Jill and Mat Morgan of Decatur, Georgia, Scott Pluckhahn and Keith Crosby of Lithonia, Georgia, Thomas Pluckhahn and Becky Zarger of Tampa, Florida, and Michael Pluckhahn of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, he is survived by his beloved grandchildren, Joseph Vizurraga of St. Louis, Missouri, Christopher Vizurraga of Chicago, Illinois, Annie Vizurraga of Athens, Georgia, and Ella Pluckhahn of Tampa, Florida. A memorial service will be held at the Madison Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 2, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Caring Place, Morgan County Habitat For Humanity, or any service organization of your choice.

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