My Grandfather Charles Pletcher Jr., was a local farmer all of his life. The family farm in Nappanee continues to prosper under the fourth generation of family leadership.
Rev. Charles Pletcher Jr., 94, Nappanee, passed on to his heavenly home at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at his residence. He lived his lifetime in this area. He was born March 7, 1922, to Charles D. and Emma (Herr) Pletcher in Nappanee. Rev. Charles graduated from Nappanee High School and attended Goshen Mennonite College. On April 17, 1943, he married Virginia J. Goss in Nappanee. She preceded in death Aug. 31, 2000.
He was a member of the Northwood Chapel. He was one of the first charismatic leaders in this area. Rev. Charles was a Minister and farmer. He was the founder of Northwood Chapel, where he was a minister for many years, and was affiliated with Gospel Crusade in Bradenton, Fla.
Surviving are his children: Larry (Deloris) Pletcher, Nappanee; Ron (Sharon) Pletcher, Waterford; Ruth Willman, Nappanee; John (Micki) Pletcher, Nappanee; Stephen Pletcher, Nappanee; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and a sister: Elizabeth Hunt, Goshen. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law: Marvin Willman; daughter-in-law: Carol Pletcher; and half sister: Marjorie Hamilton; Marian Weldy; and Mary Brubaker.
Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, at Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and one hour prior to the funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Northwood Chapel. Rev. Joseph Chadburn will officiate and burial will be in South Union Cemetery.
I was blessed with over thirty years of relationship with my Grandfather and during that time he blessed me with many life lessons.