Dr. Joseph Lloyd Plew, DDS

September 15, 1932 ‒ October 24, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio


Dr. Joseph Lloyd Plew, age 88, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2020 in OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

He was born September 15, 1932, in Mansfield the son of Fred & S. Elizabeth (Deisch) Plew. After graduating from Mansfield Senior High, he joined the United States Coast Guard and served overseas as a medical corpsman during the Korean War. Upon his return, he earned his bachelors and doctorate degrees from Case Western Reserve University, majoring in dentistry, and was a member of Delta Tau Delta. While at college, a beautiful young lady named Theresa Rose Saprano caught his eye and the pair married on June 22, 1957.

Dr. Plew became a licensed dentist in June of 1961 and served the Mansfield community until his retirement in the late 1990s. He was well-known, well-loved, and the reason behind many big and beautiful smiles on his patient’s faces. As much as he enjoyed being a dentist, Joe was even more a devoted family man who treasured his wife, was a loving father, and the best “Papa” to his grandkids and great-grandkids.

Joe was past president of the American Dental Society, past president of the Sertoma Club in Mansfield, a 32nd degree Mason as a member of the Mansfield Blue Lodge, the Civil Service Commissioner of Mansfield, and a former deacon at the First Congregational Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and woodworking.

Dr. Plew is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Theresa “Terry” Plew of Mansfield; daughter Karen (Jeff) Knight of Columbus; son Scott (Marcia) Plew of Lexington; grandchildren Morgan (Mike) Winter, Kelsey Knight, Kendal Knight, Sarah (Steve) Beattie, Ashley (Jacob) Blackstone, and Joseph Plew; great-grandchildren Logan, Owen, Audrey, Wyatt, Savannah, Josephine, Lucas, and Aden; along with countless family and friends.

Friends may call 12:00 to 2:00 PM Friday, October 30, 2020, in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Face coverings will be required and social distancing will be observed. A private family service honoring his life will begin after the calling hours, officiated by Father Matt Frisbee. Burial at a later date will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Wounded Warrior Project or OhioHealth Foundation may be brought to his services or sent to the funeral  home (please make checks payable to the charity and send to: Snyder Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904). Online gifts may be made here for Wounded Warrior Project or here for OhioHealth Foundation.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dr. Plew’s family. Share a memory and watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • To the Plew family my condolences. I knew Joe from Mansfield Sertoma in the 1970’s and always counted him as a friend. He always seemed to enjoy life.
    Dennis Snyder

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I know through Karen what a treasure and role model Mr Plew was to his family. His was a life well lived and a man well loved. You are in my prayers.

  • Papa Plew’s legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a man of God & integrity. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you!

  • Scott and Marcia and all of the family we are so very to hear about your father Joe passing. He had a very rich life with all of the wonderful family and grandchildren that surrounded him!!! Glenn and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. You have wonderful memories to keep with you!!

    Glenn and Fran VanHala

  • My condolences to Mrs Plew and the family. So sorry to read about his death. May God bring comfort and peace to all of you

  • So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  • So very sorry to hear of your families loss. May the wonderful memories you share help you through the difficult times.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing Karen. I know how much he meant to you and your beautiful family. “He’s my rock” were your exact words to me just days before. You are all such a close family and there are no words to take away the loss you are feeling right now but I will continue to keep your family in my prayers for healing one day at a time. Love you all

  • Terry , I am so sorry for your loss . My your love and memories bring you peace in this difficult time ,

  • To the plew family so sorry to hear of the loss of joe, our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Dear Terry and Family, sending our deepest condolences. It was an honor to work for the Plew/Walter dental practice for over 15 yrs together. They created a dental team that would work over 25 yrs togther. He was a respected dentist in the community and with his colleagues. He was a great family man also. He will be missed. Lifting your family in prayer ar this difficult time.

  • To the Plew Family,
    The family should be proud of all that Joe accomplished. His family was very important to him. His Mom, Liz, is rejoiced of his entry into heaven. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Joe.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Terry, Karen & Scott,

    We were so sorry to see of Joe’s passing. We all have wonderful memories of “Joey” as Dad (Donald Miller) would have said. We will be praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  • Dear Terry and family,
    We extend our deepest sympathy to you at this sad time.
    Dr. Gary & Sue Owens

  • Terri and family,
    I was so surprised to see this. Joe was one of my favorite cousins. He had a great sense of humor. He will be miss. Prayers for all of you.

  • To Terry and family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Plew. It was an honor to have worked for him. He was a good man, a good dentist, and a good boss .He will truly be missed. I always enjoyed running into him after his retirement. He was always so warm and happy especially if talking about his family whom he loved more than anything. My sincere condolences,

  • Scott,
    So sorry to learn about the loss of your father. No matter how old we are, the death of a parent is still hard.
    Erin Rue Underwood

  • Oh, Terry, we are so sorry that you lost your soulmate. We are thinking of you at this tough time. And Scott, Dennis said he is so sad about your loss of your Father. Just know that he is in a better place.
    Don and Ellie DeBaltzo

  • Terry,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Joe was one of the good guys. and we all will miss him.
    Nick Taddeo

  • Terry and all of the family. I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I know it’s been years since I’ve seen you but know I haven’t forgotten you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Debbie Herring (Hipp)