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John Paul Plank
New Haven - John Paul Plank died April 21, 2009 of respiratory failure at Porter Medical Center, Middlebury Vermont.
He was born in Newark, NJ on January 31, 1926, the son of Pauline and John Plank. He attended school in Tenafly, NJ where he resided until joining the United States Navy in 1943. He was part of the Amphibious Landing Force assigned to the Asiatic Pacific theatre where he was awarded six battle stars and a commendation for devotion to duty while under heavy enemy attack.
On his return to civilian life he completed his high school education and attended Florida Southern College, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. After college he was employed by the Perkin Elmer Corporation of Norwalk Connecticut as a sales executive. During this time he met his wife Claire.
John and his family moved to Winhall, VT in 1971 where he was active in the community, serving on the Planning Commission, Volunteer Fire Department and the First Response Rescue Squad. Since 1980, he and Claire resided in New Haven, VT where they operated the New Haven Mills Tree Farm, until their recent move to Middlebury.
In addition to his wife Claire, of 54 years, he is survived by his sons David of Rotonda West, FL and Kurt of North Ferrisburgh, VT and his five grandchildren, Max, Zoe, Margo, Karla and Phoebe.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital, Porter Medical Center, or a charity of the donor's choice.
The family wishes to thank the many friends and others who cared for John. All services will be private.
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