Paul E. Pletcher, 98, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center, KS.
Paul was born to William F (Bill) and Emma (Barcus) Pletcher on October 5, 1923, in the Crystal Plains area. He was number nine of ten children. After serving in World War II, he married the love of his life Ginger Gregory on September 28, 1948. Four children were born to them.
Paul accepted the Lord and was baptized at the Grace Brethren Church in Portis, Kansas in 1953. He loved the Lord and serving God. Paul attended Central Community Church up until his death.
He loved attending his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school and sporting events.
After Paul retired from farming, he and Ginger loved to travel with their 5th wheel trailer. They were members of the US Center and Picnic Ants camping clubs. He was very involved in church and many community organizations. Paul loved woodworking and spent many hours building projects with his grandchildren and built cedar chests for his granddaughters. He built tables, kitchen islands and many other things for his children. He was very skilled and built pieces for furniture for Ginger.
Paul had farming in his blood so after retirement he worked for the Doane family in Downs helping with harvest. He loved driving truck for them and only stopped when he said, “his brain said he could drive but his body said he couldn’t”.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents and eight of his siblings.
He is survived in death by his wife Ginger of 72 years, his children Robert and wife Sharon of Mount Vernon, TX, Vicki Hutchison and husband Mike of Cedar, KS, Gayle Pletcher of Topeka, KS and Sandi Tucker and husband Gregg of Portis, KS, eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his sister Roma (Pletcher) Caldwell of Portis, KS.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at New Covenant Church, 117 W. Kansas St., Smith Center, KS, with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 18, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with family present to greet friends and family from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 113 S. Madison St., Smith Center, KS, and Tuesday, July 19th, 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial with Military honors will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, KS. Memorials may be given to Central Community Church of Smith Center and/or Grace Brethren Church of Portis and can be sent in care of the funeral chapel.