James Stephen Plavak

October 1, 1940March 9, 2019

A Celebration of Life for James S. Plavak, 78, will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park (1221 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton, FL 34203). Mr. Plavak passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Tampa General Hospital. He was born to Emil and Nellie Plavak on October 1, 1940 in Moline, Illinois.

Mr. Plavak started his career working for The Rock Island Line and has been a railroad enthusiast ever since. He apprenticed at Moline Tool and Die becoming a journeyman before working 22 years at Caterpillar as a tool and die maker. He later retired as a machinist instructor in Maysville, Kentucky, before moving to Florida in 2014. Jim was an Eagle Scout and Scout Master for many years. Jim loved to travel with his family. He loved fishing, roller coasters and going to the movies. Jim found great importance in being a mentor in the local Alzheimer’s community over the last few years.

Mr. Plavak and his wife Amber “Joyce” Plavak were looking forward to celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary later this year. Also left to cherish his memory are their children; Jeff Plavak, Lisa Good, Dawn Plavak; five grandchildren, Roberta Ferguson, Rheanna Barton, Jasmine Plavak, James Plavak, Jade Plavak; nephew, Kirk Johnson; and three great grandchildren; Vincent, Henry, and Jaxtyn. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mike, sister Nancy, and daughter Becky.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd, Ste #709, Clearwater, FL 33762 or


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, March 14, 2019

James Stephen Plavak

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Tony and Jackie Neff

March 15, 2019

So sorry for your loss Dawn.

Peggy (Dobereiner) Bokros

March 13, 2019

My condolences to the Plavak family. Jim was a classmate of mine during grade school and high school (UTHS Class of ‘59). Growing up I remember we both worshiped at the Watertown Baptist Church, East Moline,IL also. So sorry for your loss.🙏🏻🙏🏻 May Jim RIP.

Joanne Wiklund

March 12, 2019

Louie and I send our condolences to Jim and Joyce's family on this recent loss. The Plavaks were active in our community as their children grew, and we spent occasions with them at school and church functions. As a family, during a time like this, children come together to share memories. We hope that this time is one of comfort and love by being together and it remains a source of strength in the years to come. So sorry for your loss. We think of Becky and Roberta often.

Joanne and Louie Wiklund

Bob Mason

March 12, 2019

To the James Plavak sorry to hear about Jim.....always enjoyed being around him when he and I both taught at the Maysville Vocational School....May you find some comfort in knowing that others will share your loss.

Gail Dropping

March 11, 2019

I was always at the family gatherings. Jim would always ask me "are you sure you want to hang around this family?" I wouldn't have it any other way. Our Saturday night cards won't be the same. You are greatly missed.

Gail and Mitch