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.