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Ronald R. Pletcher, 63, Goshen, died Saturday, Nov. 11, at St. Joe Medical Center, Mishawaka, due to complications from an infection.
He was born June 23, 1954, in Elkhart County, to Ephraim and Berdene (Harter) Pletcher.
He married Susan F. (Yoder) Pletcher April 9, 1977.
Surviving are his wife, Susan, Goshen; children, Robert (Marlys) Pletcher, Middlebury, Lisa Pletcher, Wanda Pletcher, Jonathon Pletcher, all of Goshen, Sharon Pletcher, Pennsylvania, Josiah Pletcher, Goshen; foster son, Tony (Cashael) Dunaway, Elkhart; six grandchildren; at least 54 other foster children that were part of his life; siblings, Stanley (Linda) Pletcher, New Paris, Roger (Lynn) Pletcher, Elkhart, Keith (Marian) Pletcher, Middlebury, Karen (Ken) Winklepleck, Burr Oak, Michigan, Dennis Pletcher, Wakarusa; and mother-in-law, Frances Yoder, Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In a parasailing accident at the age of 20, Ron was paralyzed and has been in a wheelchair since, but that never held him back from hard work and supporting his family. He worked for Chore Time Brock, Milford, for 18 years. He owned and operated Pletcher's Poultry Processing for 18 years and Industrial Motor and Tool for 15 years. Ron enjoyed volunteering for MCC Meat Canner and helped sponsor SCIP IT (Spinal Cord Injury Support Group) and reading. He will be missed by his family, including his special helper, Calystah. Anytime anyone needed help, Ron was there to do whatever he could.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Salem Mennonite Church, 23984 C.R. 46, New Paris, where a service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Pastor Paul Newcomer, Pastor Luke Hoover, Pastor Mike Overpeck and Pastor Dewayne Martin will officiate.
Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.rrefh.com
Published on November 14, 2017
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