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Dahle ‘Buddy’ Plocher, 88

Dahle K. “Buddy” Plocher, age 88, of Waconia, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.

He was born Nov. 23, 1924, in Chaska, the son of Walter and Ida (Moldenhauer) Plocher. Dahle was baptized Dec. 21, 1924, by the Rev. O.H. Schmidt at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska; and confirmed in the faith at the same church March 17, 1940, by the Rev. Otto Kohn.

Dahle enlisted in the United States Army April 19, 1946, at Ft. Snelling, and served until his honorable discharge was granted Oct. 18, 1947 at Point Ft. Lewis, WA. He was awarded the Victory Medal.

Dahle was a member of the Waconia American Legion.

He worked as a machinist for Lake Engineering in Long Lake.

Dahle suffered the death of his wife, Bernie Willems, in March of 1986.

He was united in marriage with LeIsle E. Domres at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia by the Rev. Robert Schaeffer.

Dahle loved gardening and prided his tomatoes and canned goods. He also loved fishing, spearing, smoking his pipe, watching westerns and “The Andy Griffith Show,” creamed herring, head cheese, and listening to Old Tyme music.

In addition to his wife, Bernie, Dahle was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dennis Heacock; father and mother, Walter and Ida Plocher; brothers Albert and Floyd Plocher; and sisters Vernice Randall and Jewell Tietz.

He is survived by his loving family: wife LeIsle Plocher of Waconia; sons and daughters-in-law Ken and Diane Plocher of Mayer, and Larry and Jackie Plocher of Waconia; daughter Joanne Heacock and fiancé Ron “Mort” Worm of Norwood Young America; step daughters and step son-in-laws Natalie and Roger Sauter of Cologne, and Emily and Bill McFarland of Carver; grandchildren Shawn Plocher, Jill and Jon Schmidt, Julie and Chris Johnson, Mark Plocher, Brett and Stacy Plocher, Scott Plocher, Amber Heacock, Dahle Heacock, Taryn and Jim Brown, Tristi and Najib Mechlaoui; step grandchildren Timothy and Amy Sauter, Kelly and Vickie Sauter, and Matthew McFarland; great-grandchildren Jessica, Trevor, Kate, Lauren, Matthew, Keelan, Lucas, Kaley, Vangy, Malak, Ryanne, Adam; step great-grandchildren Rebecca and Janelle; and a step great-great-grandchild Sophie.

Dahle is further survived by a sister, Mae Schmid of Victoria; sister-in-law Jane Plocher of Green Isle; brother-in-law Eugene Willems of Norwood Young America; sister-in-law Vernice Menth of Michigan; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

The funeral service took place Saturday March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Phil Wagner as officiant. There was visitation at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waconia.

Dahle’s grandchildren served as his casket bearers.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.