Gordon A. Plocher, age 82, of Mayer, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at his home.
He was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Benton Township, Carver County, the son of Alvin and Hildegard (Schumann) Plocher. Gordon was confirmed in the faith at the Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.
He enlisted in the United States Navy March 31, 1949, and served until his honorable discharge Jan. 13, 1953, at the United States Naval Receiving Station in San Diego, CA.
Gordon was united in marriage with Lois L. Gongoll April 22, 1950, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hopkins.
Gordon received his certification in engineering from the Bell Core in Lisle, IL, and worked as an engineer for the telephone company.
He served as a volunteer fireman for the Watertown Fire Department for over 30 years.
Gordon enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and taking care of animals. He cherished the time he spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Plocher; son Clarke Plocher; and parents Alvin and Hildegard Plocher.
He is survived by his loving family; daughters Pamela Plocher of Tyler, TX, and Phyllis (Carl) Groebner of Clements; son Mark Plocher of Delano; grandchildren Angela Groebner, David and Lori Groebner, Beth and Ryan Heifner, Robert and Amanda Groebner, Ashley (Odom) and Mark Grady, Taylor Odom, Justin Plocher, and Cody Plocher; and great-grandchildren Toriana and Dana Groebner, Kennedy, Alexandra, and Abigail Groebner, Noah, Alec, and Gavin Heifner, Gracie, Tyler, and Dylan Groebner, and Preston, Carson and Addison Grady.
Gordon is further survived by his friend, Kim Plocher; sister-in-law Frances Hoese of Glencoe; step-sister-in-law Mary Moore of Delano; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service took place Saturday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. Lucas Woodford officiating. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.
There was a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, www.johnsonfh.com.