George J. Pletka Sr., who retired in 1968 after 30 years as a carpenter for the Koppers Co., died Saturday of pneumonia at Peninsula General Hospital in Salisbury after becoming ill while visiting a son. He was 87 and lived on Griffis Avenue in Baltimore.
Services for Mr. Pletka were being held today at the Holloway funeral establishment in Salisbury.
Before joining Koppers, he was a Baltimore firefighter for 16 years. He was born in Baltimore and served in the Navy in the 1920s. He was a member of St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.
He is survived by his wife, the former Isabelle Cavanaugh; two sons, George J. Pletka Jr. of Dames Quarter in Somerset County and Melvin J. Pletka of Linthicum; and two grandchildren.