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Dillard P. Plake, 66, Kokomo, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at his home in Kokomo. He was born Nov. 10, 1950, in Elwood to Bobbie G. and Settie E. (Short) Plake. On Sept. 24, 1988, Dillard married Constance Decker, and she passed away March 17, 2007.
Dillard was a 1969 graduate of Kokomo High School. He was a member of the Church of Christ and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a past member of Lions International.
In his spare time, Dillard enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, shooting, hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle.
Dillard was proud to be an American. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving with the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970. He was a double Purple Heart recipient and he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism.
Prior to his retirement, Dillard worked as an electrician for Pioneer Hybrid in Tipton.
Survivors include his children, Stephanie Shupperd, Joshua (Sonia Diaz) Plake, Jeremiah (Myrandi) Plake, Sherry (Josh) Hinkle and Christina (John) Kelderhouse. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren; and his siblings, Sandra Barry, Veronica (Tom) Barry and Terrie Plake.
Dillard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Constance; and a brother, Walter Plake.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Porter Funeral Home, 726 E. North St., Tipton. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. the same day, with the Rev. Audrey Gard officiating. Interment will follow in Tipton's Fairview Cemetery.
Visit porterfh.com to leave an online condolence or send a private message to the family.
Published on June 15, 2017
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