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Douglas E. Plunkett

Douglas E. Plunkett, 75, retired Village Manager of Granville and consultant, passed away February 18, 2020, at his home. He was born in Jamaica, New York, to the late George and Florence Plunkett.

A Vietnam Veteran, Doug served in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. He was Village Manager in Granville from 1980 until his retirement in 1997, when he started Circuit Rider Management, a firm that specialized in personnel recruitment and selection. He served the Village of Hebron as interim village administrator during his tenure at Circuit Rider.

Civic minded, Doug was always volunteering, especially with both the Red Cross, where he served on numerous deployments and as a courier throughout the State of Ohio, and with the Granville Community Foundation where he served as Executive Director, retiring in 2015. He enjoyed woodworking, home remodeling, hiking, and bicycling. Doug had a host of friends and acquaintances, including his poker group and The Club. He will be remembered for his professionalism, kindness, as a loving father, and devoted Papa and as the number one champion of his grandchildren whom he adored.

Surviving are his forever friend, Sandy Plunkett; sons, Chris (Brandi Jones), Andy, and Tom (Becky Williams); cherished grandchildren, Ava and Cole; and siblings, Daniel Plunkett and Susan (Dean) Schermerhorn.

A memorial service celebrating Doug’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on. Monday, February 24, 2020, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 102 E. Broadway, Granville. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Granville.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020. in Shepherd Hall at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340 or to the Granville Community Foundation, P.O. Box 321, Granville, OH 43023.

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