William F. Plapas, 78, manufacturing supervisor


William F. Plapas, a retired supervisor for a White Marsh awning manufacturer and former aerospace worker, died Friday of kidney failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 78 and lived in Perry Hall.

Mr. Plapas retired in 1982 after 13 years as a supervisor at Silver-Top Manufacturing Co.

From 1961 to 1969, he was an assembler assigned to the Apollo space program at General Electric Corp.'s Space Division Research and Development unit in King of Prussia, Pa. He went to work in 1939 in the tool room at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River, where he later became an assembler working on the Gemini space program.

Born and raised in Mahanoy City, Pa., Mr. Plapas graduated from high school there. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in the European Theater of operations. He was discharged in 1946 with TTC the rank of staff sergeant and his decorations included a Bronze Star for bravery.

Services will be held at 12: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Madeline E. Pack; two sons, Stanley R. Plapas of Dundalk and Gregory P. Plapas of Joppa; a daughter, Barbara J. Letke of Queenstown; five granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/05/98

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