Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Stephen G. Plank, 82, Minot, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Stephen was born April 1, 1930, in Johnstown, Pa., to Stephen L. and Catherine Vaniscak Plank. Stephen attended St. Procopius College Academy in Lisle, Ill., where he graduated in 1947. He then went on to attend St. Procopius College in Lisle until he entered the Air Force on June 25, 1951.
CMSGT Plank had an outstanding career in the Air Force spanning over 27 years. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. His attention to detail and dedication to the 5th Bomb Wing Squadron earned him numerous medals and recognition.
Stephen married Eva Jane Hart on Nov. 1, 1952, in Arizona. His Air Force career allowed them to travel the world together. They had six children and moved to Minot, where he retired from the Air Force on May 31, 1978.
Stephen then attended Minot State University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1980 and went on to become a licensed addiction counselor. He worked at North Central Human Service Center and St. Joseph's Hospital, both in Minot, for over 20 years. Stephen was passionate about his work and helped numerous people. Even after his retirement from counseling, his former patients would thank him for his help.
Stephen was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot. He was also a member of Lange's Bowling team for numerous years and scored a perfect game in 2000.
Those who shared in his life: daughter, Teresa Dahlen, Sioux Falls, S.D.; sons, Andrew (Julie) Plank, Redding, Calif., Stephen L. (Lori) Plank, Minot, Ernest Plank, Palm Springs, Calif., Christopher Plank, Minot, and Daniel (Candi) Plank, Dillsburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, Amanda, Kelsey, Justin, Samantha, Annie and Cara; one great-grandchild, Jaidyn; and numerous relatives and many friends across the United States.
Stephen was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; his parents; and his sister, Genevieve.
Funeral: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Minot.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation and vigil prayer service: Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 7 p.m., with the vigil prayer service Wednesday at 7 p.m., both at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Stephan may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).