Edgar "E.L." Louis Plumbtree Jr.

May 7, 1927November 10, 2018

Edgar Louis “E.L.” Plumbtree, Jr. passed away November 10, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was born on May 7, 1927 to Pearl and Edgar Plumbtree in Hollister, Oklahoma. He joined and served honorably in the United States Army. After discharge, he became a car mechanic at a dealership in Frederick, Oklahoma for several years. In about 1956, he was hired by General Motors and moved to Oklahoma City and became the zone service manager for all the Oldsmobile dealers in his region. He held that job continuously until his retirement.

E.L. married Kathryn Jaunenne Plumbtree on July 24, 1949. They remained married until his passing. They enjoyed lake activities all their lives. Weekends were spent at lakes camping, skiing, and fishing with their family in tow. After his retirement from GM, they moved full time to Lake Texoma before health concerns brought them back to Oklahoma City. E.L. and Jaunenne hosted numerous parties at the lake and everyone enjoyed the hospitality and food they shared at such gatherings.

Although his job was overseeing warranty work that mechanics would do at the Oldsmobile dealerships, he never quit servicing cars himself constantly for neighbors and friends and anyone who had a car that needed servicing. There was virtually always an open hood of someone’s car being serviced in our driveway when he was home. And his skills didn’t end at repairing cars. He was a master handyman who could tackle successfully nearly any problem to put a product back into service, and he really enjoyed doing that kind of stuff. It wasn’t for monetary gain because he rarely got paid for it and I certainly never heard him ask anybody to pay for any help he would give them. He had quite a collection of used parts taken off of warranty vehicles from dealerships at his disposal in the attic that could still be used to get cars running at no cost to him or whoever he was helping out.

E.L. is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jaunenne; by his children, Steve, Vicki, and Jana; by his brother, Louis Plumbtree; by his grandchildren, Scott, Landon, Cody, Austin, Macy, Clay; and by his great grandchildren, Adelyn, Kathryn, and Bridget. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Oleta Plumbtree.

Graveside services will be held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, located at 8701 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City [(405) 721-3182], on November 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

He touched the lives of so many and lived a long life to its fullest. He leaves behind so many friends and family that will miss him. The world was blessed by his time among us.


  • Graveside Service Friday, November 16, 2018

Edgar "E.L." Louis Plumbtree Jr.

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Angie Hutchens / Fowlkes

November 27, 2018

One of the sweetest man i ever knew.....The smile and laugh is who he was...This man made me laugh a lot. Heart of gold.....His whole family is one of beauty....... Thanks for the Smiles E.L. We love you... Angie Hutchens/Fowlkes

Betty Epperley

November 14, 2018

Jaunenne & Family, So sorry to see that E. L. has passed. His obit really tells us what a great person he was. In our days on Hilltop 3, after we moved to Lake Texoma, you two were the kindest, most patient persons we got to know. You taught us about boating & fishing and we shared board games & lots of OU basketball in your home. Maybe E.L. & Charles will get to share good times in heaven (he passed on Nov. 21 3 years ago). You will miss him, but have so many family & friend memories. I never go to OKC now. My daughter wanted to take me to Thunder game, but we haven't made it yet. Think you all were OU (all sports) fans like us too.. I remember you, Jaunenne, said you & sisters went to Vegas right after your grandmother passed, so if you are able, you may do that again. Lots of loving thoughts of you now. Betty Epperley (Durant).