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“Sadly, I did not hear of Chris's passing till yesterday, July 22, from my brother Kevin. These last years I did not see Chris very often. Usually a...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Karl Behning - Dubuque, IA

“I am very sorry we have lost Chris form our lives. I know Chris for over 10 years. I worked by his side with my loving wife and Chris's good friend...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Dan Juarez - Dubuque, IA

“I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Becky Engelke - Dubuque, IA

“Gigi; Laurie and I are sorry to hear of Chris's passing. Chris always gave a helping hand and his fantastic smile helping this green designer at Ertl...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Dennis and Laurie Kruse - IA

“GiGi and Family,I am truly sorry to hear of Chris' passing.I have many fond memories when working and playing cards with Chris at The Ertl Co.We got...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: David 'Vid' & Becky Ertl - IA

“LuLuBell and family,I want to express my sympathy on Chris's passing. Stay close and support each other. Family is what is important at a time...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Judy Kenniker - Dubuque, IA

“Sorry for your loss, prayers are with you. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Ruth Arlen - Zwingle, IA

“GiGi, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Chris, me heart breaks for you and all of the family. Please know you are all in our prayers at this...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Becky Welter - DUBUQUE, IA

“Gigi, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Chris. While it's be a long time, I remember Chris's positive attitude and joyful nature during our...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Scott Schramm - Dubuque

“Condolences to you all and continued prayers sent... ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Ruthann and al Winkler - NJ

“Always enjoyed seeing Chris on early Saturday mornings at Bunker Hill, God Bless. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Don Vandermillen - Naples, FL

“We will always remember his laugh...he could always lighten the mood when ever he was around. He is truly singing with the angels! Love to Gigi!! ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Janet and Bill Ward - Tucson, AZ

“I am so, so sorry that I will not be with all of you as you mourn the loss of Chris. He was such a wonderful, fun, caring man. He welcomed me into...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Sandra Plumley - Dubuque, IA


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Chris L. Plumley, age 61, of Dubuque, was called home suddenly at 10:14 p.m., on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Chris' life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Ghost Church, 2921 Central Avenue, with Rev. Dwayne J. Thoman officiating. To celebrate Chris' life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Chris was born on December 30, 1955, in Denver, Colorado, son of Donald and Lulubell (Allen) Plumley Sr.

Chris spent his early years growing up in an abundantly loving family of 10, and early on developed his positive work ethic while helping his father in the family gas station. Chris enjoyed both sports and theater in high school and was well known for his renowned version of "Blue Suede Shoes". Chris was eventually united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Georgette "Gigi" Wise, on July 16, 1983, and their union has been truly blessed with almost 34 wonderful years, and 2 absolutely adored children together. Chris would earnestly provide for his family by investing over 23 years as a draftsman at ERTL, before his most recent opportunity to share 7 years of his time and talents with the Almon Company. When Chris wasn't at work his passions would land him in a welcoming pew at Holy Ghost Church, on two wheels with the open road moving quickly below him, loyally navigating the links chasing that elusive hole in one, sitting down to watch his favorite Hawkeye's or St. Louis Rams take the field, or even relaxing in the kitchen with a little Beatles in the background while he created his latest delicious dish to share with his loved ones. Now, there is no doubt that Chris was a perpetually jolly man who was always willing to share his joy with the world around him, but he was also even kind enough to teach any unsuspecting new Monopoly challenger how rules can sometimes be quite fluid depending on the tables owner. His love and adoration for his family, especially his beautiful wife and children, are surely beyond measure and will definitely be replicated within his generations to follow. Unfortunately, we must sadly try to grasp a new world where Chris is no longer physically present among those who knew and loved him. His swift absence has shaken us at our core, but in time we will find the fond memories which Chris leaves behind will begin to outnumber the tears in our hearts. We will be forever grateful for the 61 years the Lord shared this amazing man with us and find comfort in knowing that we'll all get to see his sincerely happy smile again one day.

Those left to cherish Chris' memory include

his wife,
Georgette "Gigi" Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Jon Plumley, Dubuque, IA
and Molly (Evan Heil) Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his mother,
Lulubell Plumley, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
Donnie Plumley, Jr., Dubuque, IA,
Carl (Tanya) Plumley, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Rick) Cottrell, Dubuque, IA,
Brenda (Bruce) Oertell, Livonia, MO,
Mike (Nancy) Plumley, Elkader, IA,
Barry (Michelle) Plumley, Hillburn, NY
and Elly (Mike) Day, Dubuque, IA;

and his in-laws,
Marilyn (Harold) Brehm, Kieler, WI,
Kathleen (Bob) Johns, Cuba City, WI
and Bob (Brenda) Wise, Dubuque, IA;

and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chris was preceded in death by his father, Donald Plumley, Sr.; his father and mother-in-law, George (Lorraine) Wise; and his sisters-in-law, Mary Plumley and Linda (Terrance) Stoffel.

In lieu of flowers, a Chris L. Plumley memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.