OGDEN – David Lynn Plotner was born on June 22, 1931, at Ogden. The youngest child of Fred Plotner and Carrie Adeline Hays Plotner, he died peacefully at home on Father's Day, June 15, 2014.
After attending a one-room schoolhouse and graduating from Ogden High School, David, with his Dad's legal permission, married his childhood sweetheart, Gwendolyn Jane Hiser, on Oct. 28, 1951.
David proudly served in the Illinois National Guard, which was deployed during the Korean conflict, and he was stationed in Santa Maria, Calif., and later in Heilbronn, Germany.
David and Gwendolyn celebrated 62 years of marriage in 2013.
Always interested in agribusiness, he managed Shaff Implement Co. in Mayview for many years. Beginning in the early 1970s, he owned and operated his own dealership, Plotner Ford Tractor Inc. After it was sold, he worked for Pioneer and with several other seed corn companies.
An avid and very talented photographer his entire life, he enjoyed countless trips and international travels capturing stunning memories along the way. David and Gwendolyn especially enjoyed several tours with Judy Fraser of WCIA and her husband as their guides.
His retirement never seemed to let him rest as there was always some kind of workshop project or the lawn mowing that needed his constant attention.
David was a member and trustee of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, served on the Ogden Grade School Board and Village of Ogden Board and belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
He was particularly proud of his role as treasurer of the Ogden-Royal Fire Department for more than 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all five of his siblings.
David is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; sons, Greg (Virginia) Plotner of Houston, Texas, and Eric Plotner of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Nickolas (Kate) and Kyle (Julie) Key in Kentucky, Zach and Emily Modis in Houston, Texas. One great-granddaughter, Autumn Hope Key, was born to Nick and Kate in November 2013.
Despite several battles with cancer, a stroke-like incapacity from which he fully recovered, knee replacements, macular degeneration, and some hearing loss, David never lost his enthusiasm for life and what he could yet accomplish. He was an inspiration for all who knew him and he was always kind to everyone he met.
Memorials may be made to the Ogden United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.