OBITUARY

Douglas Robert Plzak

May 13, 1946October 31, 2018
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Douglas R. Plzak, age 72 of Leland, NC, passed away on Oct 31, 2018 after a brief illness. Doug was the son of Robert and Genevieve Plzak, raised in Antigo and Columbus, WI. He moved to Michigan to attend college at General Motors Institute (Kettering University) and enjoyed a 37-year engineering career with GM. He was proud to be associated with the opening of the first GM plant in Shanghai, China. Doug’s many interests included motorsports, both as a participant and a spectator, cruising and showing his beloved 1962 Corvette as a member of the GMC Corvette Set and Cape Fear Corvette Club. He loved his Nordic Tugs, cruising the Great Lakes, and seasons docked at the Detroit Yacht Club. Doug also logged many miles of tandem bicycling, completing the 750-mile Paris-Brest-Paris endurance ride, as well as tandem tours throughout the US and Europe. Another passion was folk music, which began with playing guitar in his high school band the “Caliente Trio,” to his enjoyment of Wilmington’s talented musicians. Finally, Doug loved football, and even though the Packers sometimes disappointed, he always enjoyed hosting an annual Super Bowl party—34 of them! Recently Doug began volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program and was inspired by the courage shown by patients. Surviving Doug is his wife of 33 years, Janet; his brother John Plzak (Cheryl) of Fenton, MI; sister-in-law Elaine Wallace (Bob) of Palm Coast, FL, and nephews Douglas Goodman (Donna Tierney) of Raleigh; and Andrew Goodman (Julia Harr) of New York. Also left behind is his beloved Brittany spaniel, Nicki. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, November 12th at 11 a.m. in Blossoms Magnolia Room, Magnolia Greens, 1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive, Leland, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doug’s favorite cause, Leader Dogs for the Blind, 1039 S. Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307, or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences are encouraged and may be offered at www.whitefuneralservicesupply.com White Funeral & Cremation Service, Bolivia/Supply Chapel

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  • Celebration of Life Monday, November 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Douglas Robert Plzak

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Audrey Viglione

November 9, 2018

Dear Janet,
I've waited a few days now, thinking the right words will come, and I'm still struggling. I'm really heartsick to think we won't be seeing Doug again. Mike and I have the best memories of our times together, and I'm just crushed that won't happen again. From times on Tonto while Doug maneuvered us "OABI", to meeting up at car shows to appraise other's less worthy entries, to attending special events (not nearly often enough) like the "Gypsy Kings" (who we never heard of until you two) and bidding goodbye to Elton John in Vegas, to the super tradition of Super Bowl Sunday on Live Oak Dr, ... and then to just getting together in our backyards in Michigan. I can't imagine enjoying those things as much as we did with you and Doug. I have a feeling Doug would groan at this, but I'm sure happy to have known him and will dearly miss him. With love and gratitude for your friendship through the years... Audrey & Mike

Steve and Char Hargis

November 8, 2018

Hard to believe he is gone. Doug was a great friend not only to me but to the whole family. Good memories. Like OABI's: Once Around Belle Isle with Tonto. Good times at the Super Bowl Parties. Exciting times riding to work at Flint Engine and later to the Tech Center in Warren. Riding with Doug was an adventure. Hearing him laugh: he had an unmistakable laugh in the crowd. Reciting poetry: we were amazed to hear him recite The Ancient Mariner from memory. Great guy. Rest in peace my friend.
Steve and Char.

Julia Harr

November 6, 2018

I loved meeting and spending time with Uncle Doug! His sense of humor always made me smile and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the dinner at your home last Christmas. Andrew has shared many fond Uncle Doug stories with me the past few days...sure wish we’d have gotten more time with him. Miss you and we will visit soon. Hugs.

Love,

Julia

Sue Dobbelstein

November 6, 2018

Dear Janet,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself. If you come back to Rochester some time, it would be great to get together.
Sue Dobbelstein

Margaret Ronse

November 6, 2018

Janet,

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are ever in Rochester, I hope to see you.

Margaret Ronse

Judy McWhirter

November 6, 2018

Janet,
Thinking about you and your family on the loss of Doug. He was obviously a man of many talents and experiences and will be remembered with love and caring. My prayers are with you and your family.

Paul Van Klaveren

November 5, 2018

Maryagnes and I are crushed by the sudden passing of Doug and the loss by Janet and all his friends. Doug had a special way about himself that always made you feel accepted and appreciated. Doug and I worked together for many years and shared our support for the Packers and our love for cars. Many a story was told on our car pool rides to Warren and back with an occasional stop on the way home for a cool beer.
Miss you Doug. God Speed my friend.
Paul & Maryagnes

Jackie Abrams Newman

November 5, 2018

My heart is with all of you!! Doug was such a special person in my life. He was funny, dynamic, caring and had an amazing imagination. We met when his family moved to Columbus when we were in junior high. I remember riding his mini bike to the park to play tennis. He even let me ride that bike once and I succeeded in burning my leg on the exhaust while flying over a bump at Fireman’s Park. My dad thought Doug was an amazing person. I found out at a high school class reunion that my dad let Doug drive a vintage Buick that was off limits to the rest of us. I remember listening to his musical group, the Caliente Trio, and deepening my feelings for him...and folk music. He was so easy to talk with and I don’t think that ever changed. More words are flying around in my head to describe how much Doug meant to me and to all of our friends. I know he meant that and more to all of you. Find peace in your memories. Love, Jackie Abrams Newman

Karen Morrison

November 4, 2018

Dear Janet,

Belated sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your husband, Doug. May all the good memories help ease your sorrow. Karen Morrison

Carol & John Campbell

November 4, 2018

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy.