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Donald R Plaxe

September 26, 1944 July 21, 2020
Donald R Plaxe
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Donald R. Plaxe (“Don”, “Donny”, “DR”, “Pa Plaxe”, “Donnie Ray”) passed away peacefully at home on July 21, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.

Donald was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 26, 1944 and grew up in Glen Ridge, NJ with his parents, Samuel and Marie Plaxe and his brother Jack. He graduated from Glen Ridge High School in 1962 and Pennsylvania Military College in 1966, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business.

After attending Pennsylvania Military College, Donald served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, stationed in Anniston, Alabama, where he achieved Expert (Rifle M16) and earned the National Defense Service Medal.

On April 15, 1967, Donald married the love of his life and friend since sixth grade, Carolyn, with whom he shared 53 wonderful years.

After his honorable discharge in 1969, Donald and Carolyn moved back to the northeast, eventually settling in their home state of New Jersey. A dedicated worker, Donald had a long career in the lumber business, the last 15 years of which were spent at MidState Lumber Corporation in Branchburg, New Jersey before he retired in 2010.

Donald’s greatest love in life was his family—his wife Carolyn and their four children: Donna, David, Brian and wife Meghan, and Denise and husband David; eight grandchildren: Daniel, Cameron, Evan, Benjamin, Colton, Abigail, Jane, and Eleanor; and his brother Jack and wife Carole. Nothing brought Donald more happiness than having his family together for holidays, birthday celebrations, and annual vacations to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.

Throughout his life, Donald made the world a better place through his innate ability to form lasting friendships and his genuine desire to help anyone who needed a hand (or an extra power tool). Neighborhood friends knew Don as the kind man who proudly displayed the American flag and who always stopped by to say hi and chat while wearing his favorite Brooklyn Dodgers hat. Don never left home without his lucky fifty cent piece and his grandchildren always relied on his trusty pocket knife to help them open their birthday and Christmas presents. He was a crossword puzzle enthusiast, Jeopardy whiz, pretzel lover, expert griller, and a dedicated son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. His love of life and laughter will carry on through those who knew him and loved him.

A memorial gathering will be held on August 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Hillsborough Funeral Home, 796 US Hwy 206, Hillsborough, NJ 08844.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Donald’s name to the Embrace Kids Foundation ( or Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (

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Memorial Gathering




1:00 PM 8/1/2020 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 8/1/2020 3:00:00 PM
Hillsborough Funeral Home

796 US Highway 206
Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Hillsborough Funeral Home
796 US Highway 206 Hillsborough 08844 NJ
United States

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