Paul was a law enforcement officer, starting his career with the Kennett Police Department and then the Butler County Sheriff's Department. In 1989, he joined the Jefferson City Police Department, where he had served on the SWAT Team, Community Policing Team, and was a Field Training Officer. He retired in 2008 as a Police Officer III. Paul was well respected by his co-workers and the citizens he came into contact with and was a mentor to many of the younger officers he worked with.
Following retirement, he owned and operated Bias Pest Control. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. Paul was also a guitar player and had spent time in Nashville and toured with several performers including Norvel Felts and Loretta Lynn.
He is survived by one son, Joshua Plunkett of Decatur, Texas; one daughter, Nicole; his mother, Alta Plunkett of Williamsville, Mo.; three brothers: Carroll "Lee" Plunkett and wife Sally of Jacksonville, Ill., Larry W. Plunkett, Sr. of Jackson, Mo., Richard D. Plunkett and wife Deanna of Williamsville; and three sisters: Frances E. Plunkett of Williamsville, Mildred Nesbeth of St. Louis, and Amanda G. Stoner and husband Timothy of Poplar Bluff. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Lee Plunkett, in 1975.
Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Greg White officiating.
Graveside services and interment with full police honors will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in the Sycamore Cemetery in Dexter. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police. Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109 (573) 636-3838.