Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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July 25, 2011

Walter and Freda Pleak Celebrate 70 Years

Greensburg — Walter Pleak and Freda Volz got married on July 26, 1941 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greensburg. Walter, believe it or not, worked on his wedding night!

He had been employed at Cyclone Fence Co. since 1936. He took machine shop and welding classes, and they eventually moved to Speedway where he worked at Allison's until he was drafted in 1944.

He then served in World War II for three years. During that time, Freda raised turkeys. Walter returned in 1947, joining his bride in raising turkeys. This eventually led to a job with Kraft National Dairy, traveling to sell buttermilk. He did this for eight or nine years, earning the nickname "Buttermilk" to go with it.

In 1958, Walter and Freda purchased the oldest hardware store in Greensburg, wanting to be at home more to help raise the kids and enjoy family life. That they did! They raised Cheryl and Richard (Cheryl (Rock) Linville and Rick (Terry) Pleak), who spent many afternoons and summer days at the store. Their family later expanded to include grandchildren Sonia and Alex, and 53 years later, they are still going to the store to meet and greet the public.

Their rhythm of life - hard work, family values, and faith - has been a model to live by. It is the secret to longevity.

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