Robert Plummer, 91, state police station commander

By on September 19, 2012

Robert W. Plummer, 91, of Akron, passed away Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at the Ephrata Community Hospital, after an illness of several months.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre to the late William and Elsie (Hughes) Plummer and was the husband of the late Madeline (Heineman) Plummer.

Bob was a state police officer for 35 years before he retired in 1974 as station commander of the Ephrata barracks. He also served in Lancaster, York and Harrisburg. He later worked as chief of security at Grace Mines, Bethlehem Steel in Morgantown. He was a member of the American Legion in Mt. Joy; Reamstown Athletic Club; VFW, Adamstown; and B.P.O.E. Elks 1933, Ephrata; past president, F.O.P. Robert Lapp Lodge 66, Ephrata; and member of Blue Lodge 665 F&AM, 32 degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; Rajah Shrine Club, Reading; Rajah Temple, Reading; and the Jesters. Robert served as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He is a 1938 graduate of West Reading High School. He attended West Chester State College, where he participated in soccer, basketball, gymnastics and swimming.

Robert is survived by a daughter: Cheryl L. Plummer, of Akron; a brother: William Plummer, of Salem, S.C.; and a sister: Marion Gruver, of Dushore.

His funeral service was held Sept. 14 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, with the Rev. Henry Herbener Jr. officiating. Interment took place in the Mt. Zion Evangelical Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Robert D. Lapp Memorial Lodge #66, P.O. Box 668, Downingtown, PA 19335, or Ephrata Masonic Lodge #665 Charity Fund, c/o Randall Kegerise, 403 Spruce St., Denver, PA 17517.

Arrangements were made by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

About Ephrata Review