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Richard John Pluta, 91

August 29, 1929—January 17, 2021

(Korean War Veteran)

Richard J. Pluta

Richard John Pluta, 91, formerly of Skillman, died January 17 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Richard was born Aug. 29, 1929 in Carteret. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he met the love of his life, Jean, at a mutual friend’s wedding. Married by Richard’s brother, Reverend Anthony, they were together 60 years. Richard was employed as a Bell-Telephone cable splicer for over 30 years.

After retirement, he volunteered as a driver at the Red Cross and enjoyed travel, reading, woodworking, bike riding, and working around the house or on the car.


Richard had a love and deep appreciation of God’s creation. He especially enjoyed trees, particularly in the fall, watching the deer, and birds.


Richard loved the ocean, both the Jersey Shore for most of his life, and later, the South Texas beaches. He had moved-in with his son and family in Texas after Jean died.


Richard had a deep respect and appreciation for the military. He loved America and the U.S. flag. He was a former member of the Montgomery Evangelical Free Church in Belle Mead.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jean Frances Graham; his son Robert Stuart Pluta; and his grandson Robert Neal Pluta. He was also pre-deceased by his parents: Anthony & Rose (Kotas) Pluta; and his siblings: Joseph, Anthony, William, Adam, Josephine, Marion, and Margaret.

He is survived by daughter Diane Pluta Loomis (Jonathan) of La Palma, CA; daughter-in-law Lillian Pluta and grandson Kip Pluta, both of Corpus Christi, TX. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard’s final resting place is next to “Blossom,” his beloved wife, Jean, at the Ewing Cemetery and Crematorium.


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