Clarence F. Plocher, age 97 of Highland, IL, died Thursday, February 04, 2016, at Legacy Place in Highland, IL.
He was born on Sunday, September 15, 1918, in Highland, IL, the son of Adolph J. and Rosa C. (nee Hitz) Plocher.
On Tuesday, November 19, 1946, he married Marie A. Plocher nee Poettker who survives.
He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. He was also a member of Lee Iten Post #439, American Legion – Highland; VFW Post #5694 – Highland; Helvetia Sharpshooters Society; Jamestown Coon Hunters Association (original member).
Clarence was born at Highland and grew up on the farm southeast of Highland. He worked at St. Louis for Emerson Electric. He served with the U. S. Navy during WW II and participated in battles of the Bulge and Midway. When he returned from the service, he worked as a body man at Highland Body Shop, then purchased the body shop in 1946 and owned and operated it until 1978. He owned Lakeview Stables and bred, raised and sold Quarter horses. He also raised Beef cattle and Britney Spaniels. He farmed in his retirement. In his early years, he enjoyed hunting (coon, quail and pheasant).
Wife – Marie A. Plocher nee Poettker, Highland, IL
Son – LeVan P. Plocher, Highland, IL
Daughter – Donna M. (John) Gantner, Highland, IL
Son – Kevin J. Plocher, Sr., Highland, IL
Son – Mark A. (Connie) Plocher, Highland, IL
Son – Timothy J. (Mary Kay) Plocher, Highland, IL
Daughter – Geri A. Plocher, Highland, IL
Daughter – Mary L. (Michael) Carroll, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Commander Corey J. “Trout” (Wife Deanna Christensen) Plocher, USN
Grandchild – Carrie R. (Michael) Cohan
Grandchild – John C. Gantner
Grandchild – Krystal M. (Brian) McClenahan
Grandchild – Kelsey A. (Bas) Gantner Slats
Grandchild – Adam J. Gantner
Grandchild – Michelle R. Streeb
Grandchild – Kevin J. (Mary Beth) Plocher, Jr.
Grandchild – Kristopher J. Plocher
Grandchild – Amber C. Melendy
Grandchild – Matthew A. (Julie) Plocher
Grandchild – Mandie L. (Steve) Jones
Grandchild – Daniel R. Plocher
Grandchild – Luke A. Plocher
Grandchild – Shane M. Plocher
Grandchild – Zackary S. Carroll
Grandchild – Blake M. Carroll
Thirteen Great Grandchildren
Four Great Great Grandchildren
He was preceded in death by:
Father – Adolph J. Plocher (Died 2/1974)
Mother – Rosa C. Plocher, nee Hitz (Died 1/22/1980)
Daughter In-law – Bertha E. Plocher, nee Hill (Died 2/20/2011)
Sister – Anita Anna Thiems (Died 8/28/1991)
Sister – Alma Rosa Sophia Plocher (Died 11/08/2001)
Sister – Olivia E. Plocher (Died 7/5/1994)
Sister – Viola Edna Plocher (Died 8/7/2003)
Sister – Mildred Bleisch (Died 9/30/1974)
Brother In-law – Walter Thiems (Died 5/16/1989)
Brother In-law – Floyd Bleisch (Died 6/30/1980)
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Private Funeral Mass will be held at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL, with Father Pat G. Jakel, Pastor, officiating.
Private Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Madison County Child Advocacy Center or as Masses.
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249