I just received a call that the former Lakewood Minyard’s manager lost his nearly two-year battle with brain cancer this morning. He spent 12 years at the neighborhood grocery store, and neighbors remember him as someone who greeted regular customers by name, offered their children ice cream and cookies, and took pleasure in startling shoppers by getting on the intercom system and asking security to keep an eye on them. He even carried groceries to their cars.

He leaves behind his wife, Lisa, and daughters Katie and Claire. In a story that ran in the Advocate last April, we talked about the community members and friends who had banded together to take care of the Plunks. When their neighbor, Teena Zihlman, called today, she said those committees in charge of laundry and meals and just about everything under the sun are still going strong.

The funeral will be on Thursday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X, 3030 Gus Thommason. The visitation will be on Wednesday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Sparkman Crane, 10501 Garland. Teena said she wanted to make sure all the Lakewood folks knew.

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