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Lawrence A. "Larry" Plumer

Lawrence A. "Larry" Plumer

Lawrence A. “Larry” (Pit) Plumer, age 85 of Durand, died peacefully Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at his home in Durand.

Pit was born on August 13, 1937 on a farm right outside Durand. He was the son of Nathan and Helen (Sylvester) Plumer. Pit grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School. While in high school, Pit was active in sports and class leadership. Sports played a big part in Pit’s life, playing coaching and refereeing. Pit married Bette Davis, together they had 5 children and later divorced. Pit worked for Tri-City Dairy delivering milk to businesses, schools and homes, maintenance at the Durand Methodist Church and retired in 2001 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Pit married Joan Bauer on September 24, 1977 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, together they had two children. Pit started digging graves in 1978. A job that he continued until the time of his death at numerous area cemeteries. Pit’s devotion to the City of Durand was evident in the various titles he had with the city serving as council member and president of the council. He was the person people turned to when they had a question about the city or the city cemetery. Pit also worked for Floyd Rhiel and his ambulance service. In 1971 he continued with the Durand Ambulance Service when the City of Durand took it over. Pit served as Director of the Ambulance Service for 24 years.

Pit started his journey in fire service by joining the Durand Fire Department in March of 1966. In all he served 56 years on the department, 32 of those as Chief. He also was the fire inspector his entire career on the fire department. During his time on the department, Pit served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association, serving the President of the Board for 34 years. His sister, Beverly Weissinger was his secretary for many years. While on the board, he was a leader in making many changes in the fire service for volunteer and full-time departments. He made many trips to Madison and Washington D.C. all in the name of fire service. Highlights of Pit’s accomplishments were instituting the firefighter license plates, working with five different Wisconsin Governors and the volunteer firefighter’s retirement program. Pit went to Emmitsburg and Baltimore, MA for many years and read FEMA Grants from fire departments across the country. He also met with Senators and Representatives in Washington D.C. for 18 years discussing concerns in the fire service. Pit served on the Chippewa Valley Technical College Fire Service Advisory Board for many years advancing fire service education. Over the years of Pit’s career he was bestowed numerous honors and awards some of the biggest were National Volunteer Fire Council Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, American Red Cross Lifetime Achievement Award, Wisconsin State Firefighter of the Year also Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award. During his time as Chief of the Durand Fire Department, Pit built and created a progressive and positive culture that will continue into the future.

When Pit wasn’t devoting himself to work or the EMS and fire service, he enjoyed being at his favorite spot the camper in Chetek. He enjoyed company and most of all fishing. Everyone on the lake knew where the fish were biting by simply looking for Pit and his cane poles. He also liked watching or listening to the Packers, Badgers and especially the Brewers and local teams. Pit also enjoyed playing cards

Pit is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan; children; Rick (Tammy) of Hastings, MN, Deb (Rick) Traun of Plum City, Pat (Becky) of Hudson, Joe (Luanne) of Rosemount, MN, Laurie (Richard) Rieck of Maplewood, MN and Larry (Stacy) of Durand; 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, six siblings; Rose Prissel of Durand, Bob (Lindy) of Durand, Beverly (Junior) Weissinger of Durand, Kay (Lyle) Hayden of Mondovi and Ron (Andy) of Lake Holcombe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter; Peggy Plumer.

Funeral Mass will be 11:30AM Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand with Rev. Emmanuel Asamoah-Bekoe officiating. The Mass will be livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-8:00PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand. A public funeral procession with fire trucks will be Tuesday morning from the funeral home to the church will start at 11:10AM.

Memorials are preferred in Pit’s name and may be made to the family for a future scholarship.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Larry. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  2. LuAnn Weissinger-DeMartelaere

    So sorry for your loss Bev and family.

  3. Kari Rathbun

    Rip. Praying for family what a loss for family. He done so much . Prayers to all the family and friends.

  4. Wally and Judy

    We were so sorry to hear of Pits passing.
    Many happy memories of camping and for Wally with the fire service.

  5. Katie Krejci

    My condolences, Pit was such a servant in everyone’s lives. So sorry to hear that he passed. I will cherish all the time we spent together on the campground in Chetek.

  6. Paula Smith

    Joan and family so sorry for the loss of pit he was a very nice guy and the Durand fire department was lucky to have him I hope your memories last forever

  7. Brad House

    So sorry to hear of Pit's passing. As a retired firefighter and fishing friend I had the utmost respect for him.

  8. Rene Brahmstadt

    So sorry for your loss.

  9. Barb Gibson

    My Sympathy to Joan and families. Gone but never to be forgotten.

  10. Larry and Carol Prissel

    Joan and Family have our Sympathy and Prayers

  11. Anthony Whitwam

    I am so very sorry , for your loss. Send Hugs, Prayers, and Love Your way. Brenda and Tony Whitwam

  12. Vickie Haglund

    Joanie and family, we are so sorry to hear of this loss. Your are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Vickie and Lorna

  13. John and Judy Parr

    You have our sympathy

  14. Kelly Kent

    We will miss seeing Pit at the camper!!! Dozier couldn’t wait to see him and get a quick pet from him???? Joan love you and let us know if you need anything at all. Kelly, Austin and Dozier

  15. Marcy Trubshaw

    I knew Pit from his years of serving on the advisory committee at CVTC. He loved firefighter education and was such a great support. Had a good ear and a great laugh. His memories will live on. Marcy

  16. Tim and Julie Milliren

    Our deepest sympathies to the Plumer family

  17. Edward E. Schlumpf

    I was privileged to know Pit during his high school days where we played football together and he displayed his leadership qualities as class president three of his four years at DHS. What a lifetime of service he provided to the Durand community and indeed the entire state. Rest in Peace, Pit. You were an example of how to live life in service to others.

    Ed Schlumpf - Hartland, WI

  18. Chuck Vind

    I enjoyed working with Pit on Fire Service programs and education when I was Fire Chief with the Menomonie Fire.
    His dedication to the City of Durand and the Fire Department was his priority after his family.
    My condolences to his family and fire service family.
    Chuck Vind
    Fire Chief Retired

  19. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out to you and your family.
    Pit was a positive influence in our community and was a pleasure to visit with and know

  20. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy to Joan and family. I got to know Pit pretty good on his many visits to my daycare back in the day. I enjoyed his visits and his tips on how to keep things safe RIP Pit

  21. Mary A Schwartz

    So sorry for your loss he was our milk man when i was little and have known him along time he will be missed he did great things for lots of people may he RIP

  22. Vanji Thompson

    To the Plumer family u have my sympathy.we played allot of cards on Sunday after church.Ty Pit for being on call with the ambulance when my Dad past away.God Bless u all prayers

  23. Joanne’McRoberts’ Hovey

    Such a big loss for Joanie and Pits family. Sincere sympathy. Keep all the happy memories in your heart ????

  24. Dan and Sheila Kanis

    So sorry to hear of Pit’s passing. Dan always enjoyed working on the EMS crew with Pit. Hugs to you Joan…haven’t seen you since my Caddie Woodlawn days.

  25. Irish Jade

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to Pit’s family & friends. What a great man. God Bless.

  26. Patti Gould

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. My ties are to Joanie and young Larry. Hugs to you all on the days ahead.

  27. Donald Schuknecht

    So sorry for your loss Pitt was a great man and friend

  28. Keith and Donna Jones

    Our thoughts, prayers and deep sympathy are with you Joan and the entire family. Pit was my "go to "guy when he was the maintenance man at St. Mary's Assumption School. Keith has such fond memories of him from the fire department. He did so much good and will always be fondly remembered.

  29. Valerene Cataract

    My condolences to his family, he will be missed by many. I enjoyed knowing him.

  30. Paula Smith

    Joan and family I'm truly sorry for the loss of Larry he was such a nice man I hope your . memories last forever.

  31. Duane & Tammy Sinz

    Plummer family so sorry for your loss, Pit and i spent alot of time on the road in the ambulance.
    our thoughts and prays are with you.

  32. Jean Gardner

    Pit was a great guy and worked with him and ambulance on several occasions.
    Condolences to family and friends and may he RIP!fyse

  33. Bobbi Sedlmayr

    Sending heartfelt sympathy to Joan and the family of Pit. I am so sorry for you loss
    Bobbi Sedlmayr

  34. Quentin Popp

    From the entire Sand Creek FD and MABAS Division 117 Family our condolences! Chief Plumer will be missed and never forgotten!

  35. Nick and Sue Sperger

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  36. John E Schlosser III

    God Bless Joan & Pit and family.
    May eternal rest be granted upon him
    The Schlosser Family in Virginia.
    John E Schlosser III

  37. Steve and Linda Talford

    Deepest sympathy to the Plumer family.

  38. Julie Bauer

    My thoughts and prayers are with Pit's family. I wish you comfort in the coming days. He was a wonderful brother-in-law.

  39. Char & Lee Anderson

    So sorry for your loss. Pit was a good man and gave a tremendous amount to the community over the years. My wife and I were both on the FD at different times over the years and had a lot of respect for Pit. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

  40. Loret and Kevin Retzloff

    Thoughts and prayers for the Plumer family.

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  42. Donna Karshbaum

    We are so Sorry for your Loss , God Bless You All ????????❤️????????

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