Elmer William “Skip” Plummer was born in Bangor on April 6, 1917, just days after the United States had declared war with Germany.
That war, referred to at the time as, the “War to End All Wars,” would be over before he turned 2 years old. As Skip learned firsthand though, the “War to End All Wars” didn’t, and was renamed World War I.
Before the Service
At the age of 26, on Jan. 18, 1944, Skip was drafted into the Navy in support of World War II. Already a young family man, Skip had married his friend, Evangeline Matthews, in 1937. While their time together was put on hold during his service, their love endured.
Skip still credits her love and support to his great health and feeling like he is a mere 75 years old, when in reality, he turned 102 earlier this year.
Serving in the Navy
Skip completed basic training in New York before being briefly stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. He spent the majority of his service at a joint Army and Navy base in Little Creek, Virginia where he serviced military vehicles and was responsible for signing them in and out to the service members on base.
He was honorably discharged on Jan. 16, 1946, and returned to Maine and to his Evangeline.
After Service in World War II
Back in Maine, Skip went to work with American Gear and Auto Parts. He drove a truck for them for two years and worked his way up the ladder to be named general manager – quite the feat, he recalls, as he only completed two years at Bangor High School.
When the company was purchased, Skip and his partners decided to start their own store – Ellsworth Auto Supply. He was at Ellsworth Auto Supply for 29 years until his retirement.
Family is Forever
Skip is very proud to have come from a large family – he was number six in line of 18 children born to Elmer and Rose Plummer. He revels in the fact that he still has a large family: four children, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
One of Skip’s most loved hobbies is carpentry. In fact, he built a camp on Lucerne Lake, and his home in Brewer.
Skip is a resident of Maine Veterans’ Homes - Bangor and its August Veteran of the Month. He is very involved in a number of activities our staff and volunteers put on for our residents. Thank you for your service, Skip.
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