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Ravenna United Methodist Church
Saturday December 22nd, 2012
10:00am - 11:00am

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Ravenna United Methodist Church
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Ravenna Township Cemetery
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Vernon Richard Plichta

Vernon Richard Plichta age 82, of Muskegon died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the Poppen Hospice Residence surrounded by his loving family. Vern was born on February 8, 1930 in Muskegon, MI to the late Steven and Estelle (Poulson) Plichta. He married Shirley Ann (Unger) Plichta on August 16, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict for 2 years was a member of the American Legion Post 9 Honor Guard for many years. Inducted into the Greater Muskegon Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996. He was the Manager of the Ravenna Bowling alley and worked for Brunswick retiring in 1992. He greatly enjoyed his family, bowling, golfing, gardening and being a greeter at Wal-Mart. Vern is survived by his wife of 52 years: Shirley Ann Plichta of Muskegon, 3 Sons: Alan (Wendy) Plichta of Coopersville, Bruce Plichta of Muskegon and Clark (Stacey) Plichta of Birch Run. 7 Grandchildren, 4 Brothers: Ivan (Edith) Plichta of Fruitport, Steven Plichta of Florida, Kenneth (Donna) Plichta and Jerry (Bobbi) Plichta both of Muskegon. 1 Sister: Carla (Bill) Southland of Muskegon. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Vern was preceded in death by: Parents, 1 Sister: Jeanie Plichta & Sister in Betty Plichta. A Memorial Service will be conducted on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Ravenna United Methodist Church at 11:00am with Pastor Carl Black officiating. Burial will be at Ravenna Township Cemetery. American Legion Post honor guard will do Military honors at the church. The family will be at the church 1 hour prior to services to greet friends. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511 Memorials may be directed to: Ravenna United Methodist Church or American Legion Post 9

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Bruce, I just heard about your dad, He was a great guy, Always happy. I'll miss him evey time I drive by the house, I still beep and wave as I drive by.

Joe Capaldi May 6 2013 7:32 AM

I am so sorry that I just learned of Vern's passing. What a great man he was and so blessed with a wonderful family. I truly enjoyed talking with Vern last September as he allowed me to place a political sign in his yard. He was upbeat and inspirational despite his long battle with illness. He will be missed greatly. Cindy

Cindy and Dusty Fairfield Jan 21 2013 2:38 PM

I'm so sorry to the Plichta family for your loss. I worked with Vern at Wal Mart and he truely was a wonderful man. He was the sweetest person and he will be greatly missed.

Phyllis Sullivan Jan 3 2013 8:56 PM

Dear Plichta Family, Sorry for your loss, will miss visiting with Vern and watching him tend his garden he so enjoyed. Our prayers are with the family

Dennis & Pam White Dec 23 2012 9:37 AM

Sorry you lost a good family man,friend,and neighbor.

Jerry Krentz Dec 22 2012 8:01 PM

Bruce and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your Dad. Found this poem: Praying that youll sense God's presence In this time of grief And feel God's love surrounding you And know His inner peace For God cares so much you And wipes each tear you cry You never need to feel alone For He'll never leave your side..... We are keeping You and your family in our prayers. I miss talking to you.. Take care Dan and Sue Neuman

Dan and Sue Neuman Dec 22 2012 3:33 PM

I am so sorry I was not able to attend the service for Vern- my younger son had their Christmas get- together today and his daughter came from Indiana. I remember Vern so well from grade school. He was always polite and an excellent student. He was so full of life and excited about living. I'm glad I was able to see him at the Beach School reunion. My mother always commended " Those Plichta kids are the best- you never hear anything bad about them. I remember all of you in my prayers as you grieve the loss of Vern. Margaret Micka Stidham

Margaret Micka Stidham Dec 22 2012 2:57 PM

We are sorry for your loss. You were great neighbors. I still remember shooting baskets at your house and Vern giving me pointers. He was a genuine, good person, and will be missed.

Steve and Caroline May Dec 22 2012 10:12 AM

I worked with Vern at Wal-Mart for 2 summers in the Garden Center. He was so much fun to work with. We had wonderful conversations and became quick friends. He had so many stories to tell, was a great listener and a man who proudly served his country and loved his family. When I left Wal-Mart to finish college,I missed his friendship and great bear hugs. I always made sure to check for Vern when I came to the store. May this wonderful man rest in peace. Heart felt sympathy to his family as they mourn the passing of a great man.

Brenda Kalmbach Dec 22 2012 1:18 AM

Dear Mrs. Plichta and boys, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband and Father. You all hold such a special place in my heart as you were a second family to me way back when for so many years. I can't be there tomorrow, but my thoughts and prayers will be with you. Wonderful memories can give you strength when you feel sad or alone. I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. Plichta as a loving Dad with a great family and also as a pretty darn good boss at the Bowl. Hugs to you and your families. Chris

Christine Darcy Dec 21 2012 10:41 PM

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