Charles Harold Plate, 101, of Wesley Village and Everly House in Macomb, formerly of Ipava, passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday August 12, 2018 at Wesley Village.
He was born March 5, 1917 at rural Vermont, Ill.; the son of Charles and Lena (Kelly) Plate. He married Ruth Hammond on November 4, 1944 at Ipava. She preceded him in death on August 3, 1988. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters. Surviving is one daughter, Janeen Lee of Springfield, VA; two grandchildren, a Great-granddaughter, and countless relatives and close friends. He was a member of the Ipava Christian Church.
Harold was a lifelong farmer turned WW2 veteran, serving with the US Army from Jan. 1941 thru Oct. 1945 an infantry sergeant. Briefly returning to farming after the war, Harold moved to California in 1956 to work with Lockheed aviation in Burbank, CA. Both witness and technician to history, he helped to build several “Skunk Works” projects including the US “Dragon Lady” and SR-71 “Black Bird” reconnaissance aircraft. Following his retirement from Lockheed-Martin in ’79 Harold remained in California stay close to his daughter and grandchildren, returning to Illinois in ’95 to hobby-farm and travel with his high school friend and second wife Violet Davis Plate whom preceded him in death.
All those who knew him were touched by his caring spirit, impressed by his memory, and moved by his smile; he is missed by we who remain but welcomed by those above.
Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service with burial of ashes in Ipava Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be made at henrylange.com