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Friday June 1st, 2018

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Mike Plumer

Creal Springs-Michael “Mike” Plumer passed away on Monday, December 25, 2017 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Mike was born in Peoria to Dean and Mary J. (Schade) Plumer. He married Allida Carosiello on May 28, 1983. Mike worked for the University of Illinois Extension Service for 34 years. He began his career as a County Agent in Kankakee County and then Williamson County.  He later became a Natural Resource I Educator.  Mike was a pioneer in O-Till Farming and Cover Corp Management.  His influence spread national and then international.  His passion for farming, conservation and making the world a better place did not stop when he retired from U of I.  Mike started his own consulting business and continued and expanded his work internationally.  He worked extensively with Illinois Corn Growers Association and Howard G. Buffett Foundation, as well as many universities, organizations and individuals.  Even through his illness he continued to work with Oregon Ryegrass Growers Commission.  He served on many local, regional and national boards and committees related to agriculture, protecting our natural resources and feeding the world.  During all of this he farmed his own land, researching and testing ideas on his own crops. Mike loved hunting, fly fishing and anything that involved the outdoors. He became a licensed pilot and owned his own plane. Mike was a very loving, caring and supportive man. He was always there to lend a helping hand to a friend or stranger alike.  Mike will be greatly missed by many. Survivors include: Allida Plumer (Wife) Jennifer Dalton (Daughter) Calvin and Mary Plumer (Brother) Debra and Dave Bills (Sister) Grandchildren: Braden Dalton Bryce Williams Carley Williams Jaylynn Robertson Many nieces and nephews He was preceded in death by his parents A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Visitation will be on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Feeding America or the organization of your choice that will benefit agriculture and make this world a better place. Donations will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959 For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit bluefuneralhome.com

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My condolence to Mike's family. We worked together as colleagues in Extension for many years in southern Illinois. I have fond memories of Mike sharing his stories of travel, meeting with the Buffets, and flying his plane. I am thankful for his commitment to make the world a better place.

Wilbon R Anthony Jan 10 2018 5:58 AM

I and fellow members of the local Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 277 have missed Mike these past few years at our chapter events. We always enjoyed sharing with Mike our common love of aviation. He was always soft spoken but never without a smile. He has been and will continue to be missed. Our combined thoughts and prayers to the family.

Larry Flesner Jan 5 2018 8:40 PM

Mike was a well respected man throughout the Midwest for his knowledge. He was a coworker and friend. We spent many nights as roommates on the road. He helped me teach hunter safety courses as well. For that he was a volunteer. He often spoke of his family and always with love and affection. He truly was a kind man he will be missed.

Ed Billingsley Jan 5 2018 5:32 PM

When I first met Mike 35 years ago he was busy with three occupations. In addition to Extension Advisor and the commitment of farming his own land, Mike homesteaded. In his unassuming, methodical manner he sourced vintage hand-hewn log dwellings, disassembling and transporting the many massive timbers to construct the multi-story family log home. Among his side-kicks at the time were Terry Wachter and Al Stachoviak, fellow craftsmen with sawmills who similarly worked with hardwood timbers and log-construction techniques. Outside of the handful of individuals who corroborated with Mike on their unconventional projects happening at the time, few people realize that Mike was a uniquely accomplished do-it-yourselfer who could have excelled in the building trades as he has in his particular expertise of agriculture. May the memories of many great years sustain you, Lee and Jennifer, and others who loved him.

Tim Jan 5 2018 4:21 PM

I am so saddened by mikes death. I wouldn't be where I'm at today if it wasn't for him.so much knowledge. You will be missed

Randy Chapman Jan 5 2018 12:24 AM

Mike set the bar very high for everyone in the Natural Resources arena. He challenged the status quo, and lead by example. I believe that he had a genuine calling to teach people of all ages and backgrounds. Mike has made an incomparable contribution to Agriculture, and our understanding of the complex relationships between all natural resources. Everyone who has met him, heard him speak, or certainly worked with him, are much better people and professionals as a result. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. While we may feel this loss for now, we are all blessed for having known him for a short while. May he rest in peace, now that he has been called to his heavenly home.

Kevin Donoho Jan 4 2018 7:39 PM

We shared thoughts, meals, laughter, work, and friendship. Thank you for being a part of my life, Mike. I felt so honored to be amoung your work family in Extension. You helped so many within your short 68 years. Thank you for your continued support and caring. You are a testament to us all!

Marilyn Rainey Jan 4 2018 7:20 PM

Our deepest sympathies from the Soil Health Partnership team. As a member of our Science Advisory Committee, his knowledge was invaluable, and he will be greatly missed.

Soil Health Partnership Jan 4 2018 6:55 PM

Agriculture lost a true friend and advocate with the passing of Mike Plumer. He lived aspects of the 4-H Pledge...pledging his head to clear thinking and his hands to larger service...during his short life here on earth. My condolences to the family during this difficult time. We pause to celebrate his life knowing the many individuals locally and globally that he helped along his journey.

Bill Million Jan 4 2018 3:19 PM

Mike was a valued colleague of mine for 30 years. He will be missed dearly. I extend my condolences and prayers to his many friends and family.

Brett Roberts Jan 3 2018 8:19 PM

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