Thomas E. “Tom” Plogher

December 12, 1944 ‒ September 27, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Thomas E. “Tom” Plogher, age 71, of Mount Gilead, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 27, 2016, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

On December 12, 1944, Tom was born in Delaware, OH, the son of the late William F. “Bill” and Ruth K. (Rowland) Plogher.  He graduated from Delaware Hayes High School in 1962.

A Vietnam Veteran, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May of 1965.  He served as an electricians mate on the USS Cascade and received his honorable discharge in October of 1967.

For many years, Tom worked at his family owned Plaza 71 Freeway Inn Inc.  He also owned Tom’s Humble Station for a few years during that time.  When Plaza 71 was sold, Tom began a new career as an over-the-road truck driver.  He drove semi for Signal Delivery Service out of Marion, then Consolidated Freightways out of Richfield, and ended his career with By-Line Transit in Marysville, retiring in 2011.  Because of his years of travels, he was a human road map.  He did not need a Garmin to get where he was going.

On February 12, 1977, Tom married the love of his life, Donna Jean Spearman, at the parsonage of Alum Creek Friends Church in Marengo, OH.  They have lovingly shared the last 39 years together as husband and wife.

Tom was an active member in many organizations over the years including: AmVets Post 87, American Legion Post 0754, the Moose Lodge in Mount Vernon, and his breakfast buddies, the “Liar’s Club” at McDonald’s on 95 near Chesterville.

He enjoyed taking photos, especially of the sunrise and sunset.  He enjoyed trains, new and old, and treasured being a passenger on the New River Gorge Passenger Train.  He loved riding his V Star motorcycle, kayaking, camping, and dancing.

Tom will always be remembered as a man who loved his family, his country, and his freedoms.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Donna, of Mount Gilead; three daughters: Kelly Lynn (Brent) Miller of Walkertown, NC, Melanie Jane Parish of Marion, OH, Michelle Lee (Jason) Jeffers of Dublin, OH; adopted son, Robert “Bob” Partlow of Thornville, OH; 11 grandchildren: Kaitlyn Miller, Mackenzie Miller, both of Mansfield, OH, Hannah Ashtyn Miller, Jonathan Miller, both of Walkertown, NC, Mitchell Westler of Mount Gilead, OH, Cali Parish of Marion, OH, Brittany Simmons of Canal Winchester, OH, Brook Plogher of Columbus, OH, Alex (Miranda) Jeffers of Lancaster, OH, Abi (Emily) Jeffers of Temple, TX, Andrew Jeffers of Pickerington, OH; three great grandchildren: Allison Simmons, Eleanor Jeffers, Euriah Penny; a sister, Mary Katherine “Sue” (David) Schmidt of Bellevue, OH; two brothers: James William Plogher of Chesterville, OH, Wray (Mavis) Plogher of Kearney, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Jane VanHorn Plogher.

Tom’s family will greet friends from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead.  Graveside services officiated by Pastor Joe Sopher will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.  Military honors will be provided by the active duty U.S. Navy, VFW Post 8054, and AmVets Post 87.

Memorial contributions in Tom’s honor may be made to the Central Ohio Diabetes Association, 1100 Dennison Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 or at www.diabetesohio.org.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Tom’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

 

  • So very sorry for your loss. Donna, you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you and your family.

  • Sorry for your loss Donna and family. God knows best, will meet again in his Beautiful Heaven. Love and prayers, Judy

  • Tom was a dear friend in our childhood and in Boy Scouts. Had many good camping trips including two weeks at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 1959. Sorry for his passing.

  • We are so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He was a really good man that we have enjoyed knowing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

  • So sorry for your loss.
    Our deepest sympathy to your family

    Love and prayer.
    Randy and Shelly Whited Kemmer and Family

  • Our deepest condolences to Donna and family. You are in our prayers. We lost a very dear friend and he will be greatly missed.

  • Wray and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    Bob and Mary Ellen Hilton

    • Larry,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Dearest Sue and family:
    Don and I send our prayers of condolence to you and your family. We are so sad to learn of Tom’s passing. Although we did not know him well, we enjoyed sharing good and happy times with him and his family when they visited you at Upriver.
    We will always be grateful to Tom when he rode with Don and me on the Upriver Boat Club Poker Run a couple of years ago. As new boaters, at least to that boat, Tom saved the day of extreme wind and rough water as we attempted to navigate each pick up dock.
    We look forward to seeing you and Dave when you return to Upriver. We’ll be there mid October.
    May the Grace of our God be with you and your family as you remember your fine brother,
    Love and prayers
    Kathy and Don

    • Don & Kathy,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Thinking of you with love and sympathy. What good times we had during those 4-H years and I know Tom was proud of all of you.

    • Those were the good times! We learned to cook, sew, camp and to make friends wherever we went. Thank you for welcoming so many kids into your home for those many, many meetings! We truly felt like we belonged to the 4H family through your love and guidance!
      May God continue to bless you!

  • Donna and Family,

    So many happy line dancing memories thru the years that we shared. Hard to understand why people are taken from us. I pray that God puts his hands upon you and helps to ease your grieving hearts in this time of sorrow and loss.

    Barb McQuillen
    Your Dance Family

    • Barbara,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Dad enjoyed his time with everyone in the line dancing days!

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

    • May & Paul,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

    • Judy,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • To Kelly and her family. We are so sorry to here about your fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Uncle Neal & Aunt Mickey

    • Thank you, Neal and Mickey. He fought a good fight. God bless you both as you walk this hard road together. Cherish your moments!
      Lots of love to you both!
      Kelly

  • So sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. Have many memories of when our dad’s worked together. May he Rest in Peace with the Risen Lord !

    • Ken,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

    • Wayne,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

    • Donna,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • To the family and friends I am sorry about your great loss, my deepest condolences goes out to you all. May you find comfort and strength in the days to come. 1 Corth 1:3-4

    • Brittani,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Dear Donna and Family,

    My deepest condolences to you. I will always remember the fun times we had at line dancing events. Tom was a great guy, I am glad I had the opportunity to know him and share those happy memories.
    May God bless you and guide you through this very hard time.

    Arlene Beasley

    • Arlene,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I know dad enjoyed the line dancing with everyone.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Donna and family,

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with you during your time of sorrow. Tom was a great man and he will be dearly missed by all.

    • Rose,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Donna and family, We are sorry for your loss .You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Mike and Kim,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • I’m sorry for your loss he was always so nice and a very sweet man always was in to get coffee at McDonald’s it was my pleasure to serve him such a nice man may peace be with the family.

    • Misty,

      Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We know our dad enjoyed coming in and joining his friends there.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family

  • Dear Donna & family,

    I was very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. May God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

    Kathy Shelley (Hunt)

    • Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

      God Bless,
      Michelle and our entire family