Lola M. Plumb, 79, of Melcher-Dallas, Iowa passed away on December 28, 2023. A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melcher-Dallas, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Melcher-Dallas. Memorials may be made to the Melcher-Dallas Fire and Rescue.
Born on August 15, 1944, to Gilbert and Coletta (Ripperger) Hoch, Lola grew up alongside her 10 siblings in Melcher-Dallas. Lola spent her life living in Melcher-Dallas where everyone knew and loved her.
Lola worked for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines for 39 ½ years, 1962-2001, where she retired as a manager in investments/accounting. During her years at Principal, she developed many lasting friendships. Lola’s work ethic was amazing. She even tried her hand at owning the bar in Melcher for a few years while she was still working at Principal. Many people remember this time and have many lasting memories of dancing and socializing when Lola owned it.
Lola met the love of her life, Galen Plumb, and the couple married on November 2, 1999. They had such a wonderful time together whatever they did. They enjoyed weekly trips to Lakeside Casino in Osceola and with her social nature, she made many friends there also through the years.
Lola had a love for others. She was a people person, a social butterfly. The trait also made her a caretaker. Lola was always making sure her parents were taken care of and did many things for them through the years, especially helping take care of her mother after her father had passed away.
The Melcher-Dallas Fire and Rescue was very near and dear to Lola. All of her volunteering and help with donating and helping with events the fire and rescue department had were not unnoticed, but greatly appreciated by the volunteers and community. Her hometown meant so much to her.
Those who know Lola would say she probably wouldn’t want this much said about her. She never wanted recognition for anything. She just enjoyed helping because she was that type of person; loving, caring, special in many ways. However, those who know her also realize that she deserves every word, because she was a gem, a beautiful soul and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Her Tuesday calls with her son Shane and following her grandchildren’s accomplishments were so important to her. She was a proud grandmother!
Lola will be deeply missed by her husband, Galen; son, Shane Wright; stepchildren: Sherry (Clint) Franklin, Shelly (Jay) Chance, and Mark (Darci) Plumb; 8 grandchildren; siblings: Cleta Noftsger, Larry Hoch, Janet Sorensen, Arnold (Kathy) Hoch, and Kathy Rees; as well as many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Coletta; siblings: Delmar Hoch, Michael Hoch, Pamela Hoch, Alberta Heaberlin, and Garould Hoch; and a granddaughter, Grace Chance.