William F. Plogher
November 27, 1920 ‒ October 04, 2009
Mount Gilead, Ohio
“He wasn’t a father, he was a daddy, and there’s a difference.” Ruth Plogher describing her husband of 68 years, William F. “Bill” Plogher of Mount Gilead. He passed away on Sunday morning, October 4, 2009 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus after decades of heart trouble. He was 88.
Bill was born on November 27, 1920 in Delaware, Ohio the son of the late William H. and Nellie (Bitzer) Plogher.
As a young man and student at Delaware High School, Bill met another self described loner, Ruth Rowland. Sharing the same home room as sophomores, they became friends. Amazingly enough, it was not until graduation night in 1939 that they shared their first “date”; a night out with a group of friends. Two years later they were married on April 20, 1941 in Greenup, Kentucky. 4 children, 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren, and 68 years later; they shared a blessed and wonderful life together.
After 3 years of marriage Bill decided it was his duty to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for a 1 ½ years during World War II.
In 1962 the Plogher family moved to Mount Gilead where they purchased the truck stop and the 20 unit, Plaza 71 Freeway Inn, which stood where Wendy’s is now located at State Route 95 and Interstate 71. They owned and operated the truck stop and inn until 1991. Due to the 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the family was fully committed to the business; a business that at one time had 65 employees. Their business ownership gelled well with Bill’s personality, that of a man with a servant’s heart and always helping others with a smile on his face.
Bill was a huge fan of the Swing and Big Band music of the 30’s and 40’s. So much so that he had a music room in his house dedicated to listening to and enjoying those particular genres. He and Ruth would travel to Columbus to enjoy shows of their favorite artists and the kids always knew to get their dad a tape or cd as a gift for Christmas or his birthday.
An avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Brown, Bill traveled to a game any opportunity he had and when unable to go would watch them on the television.
Bill was a member of the Lion’s Club.
He will be missed by his wife, Ruth; their four children and their spouses Sue (Dave) Schmidt of Bellvue, Ohio, James William (Elizabeth Jane) of Mount Gilead, Thomas (Donna) of Mount Gilead, and Wray (Mavis) of Kearney, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren; his sister Evelyn Willey of Los Angeles, California; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Lewi, Bill, Johhny, Frederick, Gladys, and Mary.
Private funeral services will be held at a later date.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead have been entrusted with the arrangements.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.