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Phillip Plumer

March 3, 1938 — June 6, 2024


Phillip Plumer, 86 of Anita, Iowa formerly of Corning, Iowa passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at Caring Acres Nursing and Rehab Center in Anita.  The family will receive friends Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 1-3 PM at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Corning.  As per Phillip’s request, he was cremated and will be buried at a later date in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, to be determined at a future date.  Memories and condolences can be shared online at


Phillip was born March 3, 1938 on a farm near Macedonia, Iowa in Pottawattamie County, the son of Carl Ferdinand and Bernice Marie (Osler) Plumer.  Phillip was raised on the farm and educated in the Macedonia Schools, graduating Macedonia High School with the Class of 1957.  In 1960, Phillip was united in marriage to Nora Jane McGee in Henderson, Iowa and a daughter, Phylis was born to bless their union.  The couple later divorced.  


Phillip began a long career working in Pottawattamie County for the Roads Department, driving a truck and working on the Bridge Crew for over 20 years.  Phillip loved the farm life and over the years and worked delivering fertilizer to area farmers for several years.  In 1992, he married Helen Olson at his home in Carson, Iowa and the couple resided in Corning for 35 years.  Helen preceded Phillip in death in 2008.  Phillip moved to Anita to be closer to his daughter and has resided in the Caring Acres Nursing & Rehab since December 2021.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.


Phillip was preceded in death by both wives, Nora and Helen; 2 brothers:  Bernard and Paul Plumer; and his sister, Nancy Smith.


Left to cherish Phillip’s memory is his daughter, Phylis Leary of Anita, Iowa; 2 grandchildren:  Jacob (wife Kara) Leary of Council Bluffs, Iowa and Michelene Leary of Walnut, Iowa; 3 great-grandchildren:  Riley, Roary and Elizabeth Leary; his step-son, Kevin Olson of Corning, Iowa; step-daughter, Brenda (husband John) McElwain of Villisca, Iowa; 4 step-grandchildren:  Rachael McElwain of Florida; Stacie (husband Christian) Sinai of Portland, Oregon; Sarah (husband Justin) Williams of Kansas City, Kansas; and Andy (wife Suzy) Olson of Corning, Iowa; 7 step great-grandchildren:  Kaden, Avin, Colten, Ilah and Caleb Williams and twins, Olivia and Millie Olson.  Phillip is also survived by a brother-in-law, Chuck Smith of Bellevue, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Marlis Plumer of Medford, Oregon; several nieces, nephews. Other relatives and many friends.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Family Receiving Friends

Saturday, June 15, 2024

1:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center - Corning

701 7th St, Corning, IA 50841

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