Obituary: John Maurice Plummer, Jr.

December 18, 1942 – October 20, 2019

John Maurice Plummer, Jr., 76, of Bloomington, died Sunday, October 20, 2019, at his residence.

Born December 18, 1942, in Bedford, he was the son of John Maurice and Majorie (Martindale) Plummer. He was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1960. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in 1964 and his Juris Doctor degree from the I.U. School of Law in 1968.

He began his career practicing law in 1968 and was also appointed County Attorney for Lawrence County early in his career. He was elected as the Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County in the early 1970’s.

In 1976 he was appointed as Lawrence Circuit Court Judge by Gov. Otis Bowen. In 1982 he returned to private practice and from 1984 through 1988 he was a partner in the Plummer & Herthel Law Firm. In 1996, his son, John Plummer, III joined him as a partner. He was licensed to practice law in all courts in the state of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He served the community of Lawrence County for 51 years practicing law and as a Judge. He continued working until the day of his passing.

He was a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM, the Bedford Elks Lodge and was a life-long fan of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

John was a longtime contributor to the Bedford Boys Club, serving on the Board of Directors, where he was a past president, and volunteer baseball coach.

Survivors include three children, Judge John M Plummer, III and wife, Lindsay, of Bedford, Jennifer L. Bailey, and husband, Craig, and Justin E. Plummer, all of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Plummer, John “Jack” Plummer, IV, Dayson Sorrells, Nolan Bailey, Brooke Bailey, and Alexander Plummer; his siblings, Carol A. Oberschmidt and husband, Thomas, of Berlin, Germany and William G. Plummer and wife, Katherine, of Herndon, VA; six nieces and nephews; four great-nieces and
nephews; and John’s longtime Legal Assistant, Denise Henderson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Judi Early officiating. Burial will follow in the Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County.

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