Jack Ploehn

March 26, 1935 - November 14, 2015
Jack Ploehn


Jack Lee Ploehn, 80, of Wilmington NC passed away at his home on November 14, 2015, surrounded by his wife, daughters and grandchildren. Jack was born to Max and Leona Ploehn in LaPorte IN on March 26, 1935.

Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii from 1953-55, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Ribbon and the United Nations Service Medal.

He worked for the Whirlpool Corporation for 32 years. In 1988 Jack was transferred from La Porte IN to Atlanta GA where he retired in 1994 as Manager of the Whirlpool Appliance Parts Store in Norcross GA. He was a resident of Duluth GA when he retired, moved to Lake Hartwell GA in 1996 and then to Wilmington NC in 2004 where the family now resides.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, whom he married on November 16, 1957, and his daughters, Julie Vigna and Peggy (Robert) Billeaud, both of Wilmington NC, as well as one sister, Gloria Bailey of Las Vegas NV. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Anthony (Courtney) Heaps, Stephanie (Dylan) Derby, Brandon Vigna, Gabrielle Billeaud and Katelyn Billeaud, and great-grandchildren Chloe and Addison Heaps and Clayton, Cheyanne and Chassidy Derby, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jack was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wilmington where he served as Congregation President shortly after moving to Wilmington. In 2004 he joined the volunteer Carpenter Crew at the New Hanover County Arboretum who were so supportive during his illness. He loved working with the guys even though as of late he could only make coffee and sweep up. Sports were his passion and he loved his Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals. He enjoyed the game of golf, as well as fishing and camping with his Whirlpool buddies, family and friends.

A private family ceremony will be held in the Ash Garden at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wilmington NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carpenter Crew at the New Hanover County Arboretum, Duke University Cancer Center or St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Roof Fund.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • November 18, 2015
    Christina (Christy) Ploehn Kawala I recall Jack and his family attending the family reunions years ago . He has always been such a great family member but very involved with his family and inner circle since they relocated. Sorry for your loss. says:
    Jack was an integral part of our family. My wish for his loved ones is to hold him dear to your hearts always.

  • November 20, 2015
    John Ploehn says:
    I remember Jack and family from the Ploehn Family Reunion's in both Indiana and Michigan. I've not met his children, but I thoughts are about Jack and with them.

  • November 24, 2015
    Robert Gebhardt says:
    So very sorry to hear that Jack has passed away. I remember all the great times we enjoyed working together in LaPorte. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • December 31, 2015
    Andre N. says:
    I worked for Jack in the early 1990's when he managed Whirlpool Parts in Norcross, GA. I have very fond memories of Jack being kind, generous, and genuinely interested in the well-being of his employees. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and I recall many bouts of laughter throughout many days. He was a true joy to be around. My deepest condolences to Linda and all of his family.

  • August 13, 2017
    Gary Howell says:
    I met and worked for Jack at the Atlanta RPDC. Jack was one of the biggest influences on my working life. I learn a lot for Jack on dealing with people in a supervisory role that i use till this day. Jack was a good friend that i really missed after he retired and moved to NC. Just found out this morning 8/13/17 about Jacks passing and very sorry to hear. My condolences to Linda and the family.