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James “Moots “ Pluth
August 11, 1939 ~ October 20, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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We are sad to announce the passing of James A. “Moots” Pluth of Ely, MN. Jim passed peacefully, on 20 October 2023, in his home with his family by his side. He was born on 11 Aug, 1939, in Ely, MN, son to Steve & Rose (Mavetz) Pluth, where he spent his childhood years. Jim graduated from Ely High in 1958, shortly after, he enlisted in the United Sates Army, where he served three years defending his country while he traveled abroad. After the Army, he worked as an Electrician for Reserve Mining Company in Babbitt, while also serving as a local businessman/owner of “Moots” Liquor in Ely. He then changed career paths and worked at Ely Memorial High as their custodian. Jim met the love of his life Mary and raised three children growing up in Ely. His hobbies included fishing & bowling, while he also held a special passion for serving as Treasure, Ely/Winton historical society, and Ely Honor Guard.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary (Morton) Pluth; brother, Richard Pluth of Chicago; children Greg (Jackie) Pluth of Ely, daughter Alicia (Bill) Ladd of Grand Forks, ND, & William (Christine) Pluth of East Grand Forks, MN; nieces & nephews, Katie, Patrick & Chrissy Pluth of Chicago, Jason & Kevin Dargontina of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Amelia, Alexander, & Madison Pluth. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve & Rose Pluth, and sister Judith Susie Dargontina of Ely.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on Friday, 27 Oct at 2-5 pm, Grand Ely Lodge, Ely, MN.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home