106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Friday, March 24th, 1939 - Monday, January 20th, 2020
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Earl B. Champion Pleau, 80, of Croix St., Negaunee, went to be with the Lord, Monday evening, January 20, 2020 at his home in the presence of his loving family.
Earl was born March 24, 1939 in Ishpeming to the late Raymond & Mary Louise (Halverson) Champion and Clifford Pleau & Lillian (Halverson) Pleau. Earl worked for the LS & I Railroad and was a lifelong member of the Negaunee Township Fire Department.

On March 24, 1939, a son was born. He became a brother, a father and a friend. Our dad’s given name is Earl Bruce, but everyone knew him as Peanuts. Peanuts was the kind of guy that if he knew you as a friend or even a stranger and you needed his help he was there. Our dad led a simple life, worked hard to support his family, and went for coffee every morning with his friends. Peanuts had two passions, and he loved both of them. One being a coach to the girls’ softball team. From the beginning of the season until the end of the season that is all he would talk about. You girls that our dad coached thank you for giving him some incredible memories. His second passion was going to the games with his best friend, Otto. We thank you for being there for him in his time of need. To our dad’s other friends, past and present, know that he cherished each and every one of you.

Peanuts, our dad, was a great father to son, Earl P. Pleau; daughter, Loriann Grimes (James); son, William Pleau (Sharon); son, Raymond Pleau; and daughter, Brenda Mapes (Jayson). Proud Grandpa to grandchildren: Jennifer, Justin, Ryan, Meghan, Sara, Billiejo, Katie, William, Sara, Blair, Annamarie; and nine great grandchildren. Earl is survived by his brother, Robert (Phyllis) Champion; and a sister, Donna Altobello.

We know in life that death is no enemy of man; it is a friend who, when the work of life is done, just cut the cord that binds the human boat to earth, that it may sail on smoother seas. No language can describe a father's worth and ours was tried and true, but that was not called home until his tasks were done here. Our dad peanuts would have said “Do not weep over my death, but be happy for I have loved a long and good life and like I'm supposed too, I've returned to my Father God as we all do.” He would also tell us that in the flesh he may be gone, but in spirit he is always with us, his cord was cut and his boat went on to smoother seas. Until we meet again peace, love and happiness. Always yours, family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 5th, at the Negaunee Eagles. Rev. D. Michael Carriere will lead family and friends in a time of prayer starting at 1:45 PM.
Mr. Pleau’s complete obituary and memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Negaunee Eagle's Club
    311 Iron St.
    Negaunee, MI 49866
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  • Service

    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 | 1:45pm
    Sunday, July 5th, 2020 1:45pm
    Negaunee Eagle's Club
    311 Iron St.
    Negaunee, MI 49866
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. D. Michael Carriere


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Wendi Greer

Posted at 10:18pm
I played softball for several teams- Barr’s bar and later our team became a different sponsor. My mother, sister, neice and I all played together with Peanuts as our coach. He was so much more as he showed genuine kindness and caring all around the team. His kind presence will surely be missed in the world. - Wendi Greer

Denise Nebel

Posted at 02:38pm
Sincere condolences to your family. I played softball for Peanuts in the 90's when I lived in Negaunee. I'll always remember his as an encouraging, kind man.


Posted at 06:49pm
Earl was one of my best friends in Palmer school, I was always invited to his home for noon hour lunch, I couldn't have asked for a better buddy. He will be sadly missed. Rest in peace my friend! Ron Lehtinen

Max Christensen

Posted at 12:18pm
Aw, Peanuts. We had our share of fun Umpiring those Old Timer''s games. Ty for your gift of Friendship. May you rest easy.

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