H.M. Patterson & Son-Canton Hill Chapel

1157 Old Canton Road Ne, Marietta, GA


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation in Dr. Plunkett's name to The American Lung Association by visiting, www.lung.org

Dr. Robert A. Plunkett

September 18, 1928November 24, 2019

Robert Ace Plunkett, age 91 of Acworth, Georgia, passed away on November 24, 2019. He was born in Burbank, California, on September 18, 1928, to Marie and Robert W. Plunkett. He was the youngest of seven children and the only son. When he was five years old, his family settled in Englewood, Colorado, where Robert grew up. He served in the Army as part of the occupation of Japan in 1946-47. After leaving the army, he attended college in Colorado on the GI Bill. He moved to Texas in 1954 and raised his family there. Later, he graduated from the University of Texas with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in 1969. He retired from the Federal Government where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, tennis, gardening, reading, and serving his county and local community in many ways. Robert was dearly loved by Vicki Plunkett, his wife of 37 years; his children Mark (Jeanne) Plunkett, Lynn (Greg) Harrison, Lucy (Cj) Plunkett, and Bill (Linda) Tabor; his four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and numerous relatives and friends. He is also survived by his twin sister Roberta (Rachel) Distefano. There will be a service held at 1pm on Wednesday Dec. 4th, 2019 at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia. Anyone attending is asked to arrive 20 minutes before the service. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that you consider a donation in Robert’s name to the American Lung Association.


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Dr. Robert A. Plunkett

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Michelle Herring

December 4, 2019

Bob had a heart of gold! I always admired his love and devotion to Vicki! He thought she hung the moon! Always told me how blessed he was to have her! He was so proud of his children and always talked about them! Every time I ever did anything for him, I would get a thank you card in the mail! When his health was failing, he would have a hard time writing! So he would type out his message and paste it in a card and send it to me! That’s always touched my heart when he did this! He was a very good man and loved the Lord! A fine example of what God wants a man to be!
I will miss him!
Michelle Herring

Rick Arzet

December 3, 2019

Bob was one of a kind. He loved his family and his country. He was a consummate gentleman and he really cared about people. God must have need a new angel for His Angel Corps and he got a great one with Bob Plunkett