Joseph Plis, 1930-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Joseph S. Plis, 88, of LaPorte, Indiana, who passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Joseph was born July 2, 1930, in LaPorte, Indiana, to the late Stanley and Frances Mary (Dolembo) Plis.  He was affectionately known as “Juju” all his life.

Joe graduated from LaPorte High School and Butler University, where he played football, after which he went on to play two years of semi-pro ball. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. Later in his career he was President of Anchor Savings & Loan Association in LaPorte.

He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and was President of the Parish Council when the new church was built 50 years ago. He belonged for many years to the Polish Roman Catholic Union (PRCU), and the Polish National Alliance (PNA).  Joe played on numerous baseball and fast-pitch softball teams for more than 40 years, until he was 64, and enjoyed painting cars, pictures and murals as hobbies. Family was very important to him, as was love of country.

Joe is survived by two daughters, Margo (Matt) Bowen of Michiana Shores, Indiana, and Marty (Andy Card) Hankins of Fishers, Indiana; two sons, Mark Plis of Tijeras, New Mexico, and Matt (Mary Lynne) Plis of Glendale, Arizona; seven grandchildren: Ben and Abe Plis, Montana Kliphan, Morgan Schwarz, Taylor Bowen, and Max and Mason Hankins; and one sister, Vangie Kuhn of Long Beach, Indiana. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Lemberis and Jeanne Kuhn. 

Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. Saturday, October 6, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, LaPorte, Indiana, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Reverend William O’Toole will officiate. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 130 Bach St., LaPorte, IN 46350.

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6 Responses to “Joseph Plis, 1930-2018”

  1. Mike Kellems

    Oct 03. 2018

    Joe was one of the good guys sitting at the “table of wisdom” at the Deli during many breakfast visits… always enjoyed his huge smile and great sense of humor!

    My sincere condolences to the Plis family…

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  2. Nancy

    Oct 04. 2018

    Joe, there are so many things to say about you. You have had a wealth of information about all issues. You and your comrades in arms would have problems solved by the end of breakfast. Never a moment you were not in charge. Your family was most important to you and we were very fortunate to have met them all. What a wonderful job you did with your children. Rest peacefully, Joe – until we meet again, my friend.

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  3. Dr. Alva R. Miller

    Oct 04. 2018

    Joe was one of the nicest guys I ever knew, from our years playing football at LPHS to his being my patient until I retired. Joe lit up the office every time he came through the door. LaPorte will miss his humor and friendliness. Our prayers are with his family as they go through this sad period. Al and Betty Miller

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  4. Terry Wilcox

    Oct 04. 2018

    I have many wonderful memories of JuJu as I was growing up in the neighborhood, at Plis Grocery and Anchor Savings. He always had a smile and joking comment. JuJu and Charlie Lemberis were two wonderful people who did great things for others and the Sacred Heart Church. I enjoyed riding my bike in my younger years to Fox Park on Sunday afternoons to watch JuJu play baseball for the LaPorte Athletics, JuJu hit many home runs over the right field fence. Our prayers are with the Plis and Lemberis families.

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  5. LeRoy Rauschenbach

    Oct 05. 2018

    Juju, you will be joined in heaven with your fellow baseball and softball players. You’ve got a great team up there.

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  6. Christina

    Oct 10. 2018

    I took care of Joe at Rittenhouse he was a wonderful person and will be missed. He always made me smile when I was down. My condolences to his family.

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