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ObituariesPaul Plowden, 78, was Lorain street foremanWednesday, February 22, 2006 3:00 AM ESTHe was born in Pittsburgh, and moved to the Lorain County area 46 years ago.He attended Peabody High School in Pittsburgh, and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, stationed on Okinawa in Japan.Plowden was employed as a foreman of the Lorain City Street Department, retiring after 29 years’ service.He was president of the Lake Erie CB Club with call letters KLM7178 and handles ”The Mad Doctor” and ”The Deacon.” Plowden volunteered at the Eighth Street Catholic Center and Food Bank in Lorain County, was a foster parent of 87 children and was a member of Church on the North Coast, Lorain, where he had served as an usher. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth E. (nee Jackson); daughters Inetri ”Bootsie” Colvin of Lorain and Chantay Chapman of Cleveland; sons Paul E. Plowden Jr. and Donald Plowden, both of Lorain, and Rodney Plowden of Dayton; and 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Plowden; parents Jacob and Sarah Plowden; brothers Jimmy and Warren; and sisters Sarah and Pat.Friends may call Saturday from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. at Church on the North Coast, 4125 Leavitt Road. john ward . Pastor Louis Kayatin will officiate.Arrangements by Carter Funeral Home, Lorain.A LIFE STORY Paul Plowden welcomed all foster children, regardless.B4Foster children found homeSunday, March 26, 2006Alana BaranickPlain Dealer ReporterLorain– Paul Plowden once rigged a bird cage, a metal snow disk and poles with lots of wiring to the back of his station wagon to create a citizens-band radio transmitter that could reach good buddies as far away as Canada.The great-grandfather, who died Feb. 19 at age 78, established more-powerful connections of a personal nature with dozens of teenage foster kids, who stayed in his home between 1980 and 2003. Many still regard the Plowdens as family.”We were Mom’s and Pop’s boys,” said Chris King, a federal government employee in North Carolina, who visits once or twice a year. “Everything I am and have accomplished is because of Pops and his influence.”The former foster children kept in touch even when they didn’t have a success story.”They would come to see us regardless of where they’d been and what they’d done,” said Plowden’s wife, Ruth. casino online aams . “A couple have been in prison.”The Plowdens adopted a nonjudgmental attitude. They would take a child with any kind of problem and give him a chance, as they would their own children.”When other foster parents would say, That’s too difficult,’ Paul and Ruth would say, We’ll try them,’ ” said Laurie Irwin-Stockle of the Twelve of Ohio, a social-service agency that places foster children.The Pittsburgh native’s own experiences as a foster child may have contributed to his ability to relate so well to the youths who shared his home. His mother, who was too ill to take care of small children, placed him in foster care at a young age. He was a preschooler when someone told him his dad had been shot and killed by a policeman for allegedly stealing a quart of milk.Plowden dropped out of high school to join the Army for service in World War II. florida auto accident attorney . By the time he arrived in Okinawa, the war was over.