Joseph R. Pluchinsky
September 3, 1968 - April 3, 2021
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Joseph R. Pluchinsky, age 52, of Crown Point, IN, formerly of Merrillville, IN, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Joseph is survived by his parents; Walt and Ann Pluchinsky; brother, Michael (Brenda) Pluchinsky; sister: Christine (Schooner) Fitzgerald; sister-in-law, Karin Pluchinsky; nieces: Delaney Fitzgerald, Ruby Pluchinsky, Macy Pluchinsky and Madison Pluchinsky; nephews: Dalton Fitzgerald, Brayden…

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Craig P Eberle left a message on April 12, 2021:
God Bless you Brother . Til I see you in Heaven. I love you buddy . Prayers to the Pluchinsky family .
Craig P Eberle left a message on April 12, 2021:
God Bless you Brother . Til I see you in Heaven. I love you buddy . Prayers to the Pluchinsky family .
Carolyn De St. Jean(Krecik) left a message on April 11, 2021:
I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family during this time.
Deanna Hollingsworth left a message on April 10, 2021:
Absolutely heartbroken to hear of Joe’s passing!!! Sending my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers!!! Rest In Peace, my friend!!!
Stephen Nelson left a message on April 10, 2021:
So sorry for your loss!!Miss you brother!!
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John Dayton left a message on April 9, 2021:
Joe, always a pleasure to work with you at ATA Chicago Midway. We all had a great time in those days. Glad to have shared that time with you. Rest In Peace Joe
LUELLA MITSCH left a message on April 8, 2021:
you are in our prayers at this time may GOD be with you both to help carry and lighten your journey in the days ahead luella & gerald
LUELLA MITSCH left a message on April 8, 2021:
In memory of Joseph R. Pluchinsky, LUELLA MITSCH lit a candle
Jewel left a message on April 8, 2021:
In memory of Joseph R. Pluchinsky, Jewel lit a candle
David Knize left a message on April 8, 2021:
Rest in peace my friend, Joe and I had some great times together, working together at ATA Airlines, golfing, fishing, Joe grilling his signature two inch steaks, listening to great music and always spending quality time together.
David Griffith left a message on April 8, 2021:
I am so sorry, my condolence for your loss. I worked with Joe at ATA at Chicago Midway airport, and we golfed many a rounds together. I will miss him dearly he will always be a friend.
Jewel and Lee left a message on April 8, 2021:
A truly lovely video montage. Thank you for sharing all those amazing photos. I will remember his sweet personality and smile at the hangar; and he always willing to help a fellow colleague. He once gave me a family recipe for perogies that he said was the best! My fiancé and I had plans to see him play guitar sometime because we heard he was so talented at it. Thank you Joe for the fond memories. With love, jewel & Lee
MARIA BOUTZARELOS left a message on April 8, 2021:
Mr & Mrs Pluchinsky and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of being friends with Joe at ATA. He was kind and had such a fun personality. I have many great memories of him a few being that we would go and get coffee together before my flights and when he transferred to Hawaii he would pick me up on my layovers and take me sightseeing. I very much appreciated him. I remember him speaking fondly of you two. I had lost touch with him after he got off his Facebook page but I thought of him often. May your beautiful son rest in peace.
Dan Schmidt left a message on April 8, 2021:
Joe was a great guy and will be missed. I had the pleasure of working with him at ATA and got to know through the years. Sending thoughts and prayers out to the family.
Don Corbin left a message on April 7, 2021:
I am very sorry to hear of this loss, my condolences to Joey's family. Joey ( as I called him, because he always called me "Donnie." ). Joey called me that the first time he met me when hired on up at Midway Airport. Donnie being what I was called during my youth by close friends and family members. I would only hear me called Donnie when I visited home or when Joey called me Donnie. I think he knew intuitively that being called Donnie was more on a personal level, and that it put me at ease, which it did. Of all the years I worked there (5) Joey would go out of his way to walk down an aircraft with me, just coming a long to shoot the breeze and hang out, keeping me company, helping out. Joey always had a joke, a laugh and big a** grin to show the world. I could write a lot of stories of memories of hanging with him. Joey also loved to tell stories ! One that just came to mind, that he told so well, and was very animated! I had purchased a Harley about the same time Joey purchased his Valkyrie. We use to swap stories about riding, close calls and such. He would pull that big a** bike up and wheelie down the road. It was a sight to behold! He came to work one day and started telling me right away about what happened to him the day before. He said he been hauling down a 4 lane highway (2 lanes coming his way on left. big deep grassy median, then 2 lanes he was cruising). He said he saw a car behaving like it was going to pull out and in his mind he started say "don't do it. don't do it," as he was cruising a long pretty fast on this highway, then the car pulled out last second. He said he didn't have a chance to hit his breaks. He swore the car had seen him by then. All he could do was swerve to miss the car. So as the car is pulling out he swerves, and he even had to hit the gas to just clear the car. He said it happened all in a split second. So he hits the gas, swerves, just missed the front bumper of the car by and inch, and then..........he is airborne, flying into the grassy median at who knows how fast (50?, 60? 70? miles per hour?!!). I was listening intently up to that point, saying whoa, wow ugh etc. But when he said he launched I started busting up laughing, saying "Holy Sh** ! " He begins to say how he was floating through the air, wondering how the hell he was going to pull this off, he flinched upon landing but didn't panic! He said he hit the ground very hard, let the bike just start slowing down on its own and then applying breaks, ever so lightly, so as not to slip and slide and dump the bike. He said when he finally slowed enough he just drove it up onto the shoulder of the road! We're are laughing our asses off by this time. Joey always had a good ending, and as if that were not enough, he started telling me how he was stopped on the shoulder, looked back and didn't see any car anywhere! The driver had to have see him, he flew by the front of the car at 70mph, an inch from their bumper for crying out loud!! So he is telling me how he didn't see a car anywhere. Then he goes to get a cigarette out of his pocket. He says he is shaking so bad he cant align the lighter with the cigarette! Now we're cracking up again. I am imagining big ol Joey that shook up. While describing it he is holding his hand up to let me see how bad his hand was shaking. It was shaking a lot, lol ! Man he told that story the best, always had me in tears laughing so damn hard. He must have told me that story a dozen, if not more, times and it never got old. I cant say enough about how well he treated me, and others. How his smile was infectious. He was always kidding around, always talking, telling stories, hanging out with everyone. He had something nice to say to everyone. Good guy, just the best. We didn't keep in touch Joey, but I did think about you from time to time, as I am sure you did of me as well. It wont be long and I will see you again. Until then scout out the perfect ride for us. One last thing I just thought of that I would like to share. Everyone knows how fond of music Joey was. He would share the types of music he liked, hard rock most the time. There were times he would sing a line here and there, just a little. To drive him crazy, early in the day I would think of the worst possible song that I could get to stick in Joeys head for the rest of the day. I would then make sure to sing it in front of him, lol, only to be chewed out later by him because he couldn't get it out of his head for the rest of the day, lol. Mission accomplished! Here's to "Muskrat Love" by Captain and Tennille Joey!! Peace Donnie Corbin
Joseph Kalin left a message on April 7, 2021:
Met "Air Plane Joe" back in 2012- He showed me the way! Thanks again Joe. Love you brother always
B en & Vivian Sarbieski left a message on April 7, 2021:
Ann & Walt & Family. our sympathy and prayers are with you. May GOD's peace comfort you in your loss and may you find comfort in your happy memories of Joe.
Mick Adamson left a message on April 7, 2021:
When Joe would come and watch us play softball, I would have a chance to talk to about you guess, airplanes, he wanted to hear all about military planes I had worked on and we always had a great conversation about them. God speed, Joe.
Laura Marovich left a message on April 7, 2021:
I am completely heartbroken. Joe remained in our hearts and minds always. He was wonderful to my family, especially my son, niece and nephews. He was truly a good soul. The world was a better place with him in it. He will be deeply missed.
Lisa Marovich left a message on April 7, 2021:
Mr. and Mrs Pluchinsky. I am heartbroken in hearing about Joe. Even though he was my brother in law, he was far more like a true brother to me. My son Patrick was born on Joe’s birthday and we stayed in touched on occasion throughout the years...a truly kind soul. I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for you and your family. -Lisa Marovich
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Denny & Kathy Halloran left a message on April 7, 2021:
The video contains such beautiful, warm and wonderful memories. May they provide you with strength, comfort and peace during this very difficult time.
Thomas Camp left a message on April 7, 2021:
Joe was a friend to everyonet at ATA. He always help, and was egar to learn. I was one of Joes supervisors he made my job easy. Joe was more than a employee he was one of my friends. He will be missed . God Bless.
Shakib Qutob left a message on April 7, 2021:
I was so very sad and sorry to hear about the death of my good friend. Joe was a fantastic person and a dear friend. My wonderful memories of our time together will be cherished. All the fun times that we spent together, I’ll never forget. You’ve got my deepest sympathy.”
Gerry & Mike left a message on April 6, 2021:
That is a beautiful tribute to your son. Our deepest sympathy to Walt & Ann and all the family at this difficult time.
AL Mencer left a message on April 6, 2021:
Joe was a outgoing compassionate person that often wanted to help others. He was a long time friend and co-worker at ATA. Joe's imitations were always good for a laugh. He will be greatly missed. Condolences and prayers for the family.
Paul LaCalamita left a message on April 6, 2021:
It is never an easy thing when one of the good ones depart so early. He always had a way of putting a positive twist to any situation. He was a great mechanic and an even better person. He will be truly missed.
Chris kopacz left a message on April 6, 2021:
That picture is how I will always remember you. Kidding around with us in the break room. Great mechanic but an even better Man. Rest In Peace.
Kathy Hinshaw left a message on April 6, 2021:
Walt, Ann and family, Our deepest sympathy on your loss, Dave & Kathy Hinshaw (Shirley Williamson's daughter)
Fran Fuller and Family left a message on April 6, 2021:
Mr. and Mrs. Pluchinsky, My family and I are so sorry for the loss of your son, Joe. He was a kind soul and admired by many. May God give you strength at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fran Fuller and Family (sister of Michelle Marovich)
Lance Beauchamp left a message on April 6, 2021:
As a friend and coworker at ATA, Joe was an inspiration to me and so many others. He was always the most positive person on shift, no matter what the job was. I will remember him forever! I can picture you in my mind right now picking on your guitars. R.I.P. big guy!
phyllis keller left a message on April 6, 2021:
words cannot express my deepest sympathy for your loss
brian horan left a message on April 6, 2021:
Such sad news of Joe’s passing . I knew Joe from ATA at Midway airport . As many who knew him from ATA know what a great guy he was with a great sense of humor as well a great mechanic . Condolences to his family during this time
Doug Brown left a message on April 6, 2021:
Many great memories of Joe and the old neighborhood. May he rest in peace. God bless.
Jean Tillman left a message on April 5, 2021:
In memory of Joseph R. Pluchinsky, Jean Tillman lit a candle
Geisen Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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