Ronald Pluard, Sr., of North Platte, passed away at the Ogallala Hospital on Sept. 12 at age 74.

Ron was born to Fred and Evelyn Pluard on Aug. 21, 1949, in Eureka, Calif.  He grew up in northern California then enlisted into the U.S. Army following high school.  Ron served as a demolition specialist and combat engineer who disarmed bombs in Vietnam.

In 1971, he returned to California after his honorable discharge and got married.  Ron married Mardella Cooley and became a father of four.  He was a great dad who loved taking his kids places and just being with them.

Ron worked as a welder, an auto mechanic, and was good with electricity; he was basically a jack-of-all trades.  He also enjoyed being a scout leader but his favorite thing was being a dad.  Ron’s priorities in life
were: #1 Family, #2 Believed in God, #3 Fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Ron Jr. and Clayton Pluard; his friend, Tracy “Porky” Smithers; and Mardella.

Survivors include Ron’s children, Robert Pluard of North Platte and Brandy Pluard of California; stepson, Bryan Eichhorn of Ohio; son-in-law, Billy Glassburn (Wendy) of Ogallala; his siblings, Carol Perry (Wayne) of Massachusetts and Fred Pluard (Joyce) and Rosie Henson (Sam) of California; 9 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other family.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Odean Colonial Chapel with Pastor Kenneth Dyches officiating.  Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. 
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