Kenneth F. “Fred” Ploch, 91, of Winfield, died Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at his home.
He was born July 24, 1929 in Danville, a son of the late Clyde and Margaret (Rohrbach) Ploch. On October 20, 1951, he married the former Meriam Ritter, who survives. Together they celebrated nearly 70 years of marriage.
Fred was a 1947 graduate of Sunbury High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving on the USS Midway and playing the trumpet in a Navy band.
He worked as a conductor for the former Pennsylvania Railroad, now Conrail, for over 40 years before retiring in 1991
Fred was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Winfield.
He was also a member of the American Legion Post 201, Sunbury and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 1173, Selinsgrove.
Fred and his wife were “snow birds” traveling to Florida every winter for 25 years.
He enjoyed playing the trumpet in various bands, including the Sunbury City Band and several swing bands in Florida. Fred was president of the Venice Concert Band for a few years. One of his highlights was being able to play with Mal Arter’s Band.
In his spare time, Fred loved playing music hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He had a way with words and was known to be quite witty, having his own catch phrases that the family will always remember.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children, Melinda Young and her husband, Bill, of Florida, Maureen Haig, of Winfield, Kenneth Frederick Ploch II and his significant other, Amy Brady, of NC and David Ploch and his wife, Kris, of SC; eight grandchildren, Molly Gorby and her husband, Bobby, Jeff Young and his wife, Erin, Meredith Renner and her husband, Andy, Marley Chaudoin and her husband, Chris, Amanda Salyers and her husband, Andy, Jake Ploch and Megan and Hannah Ploch and six great-grandchildren, Madeleine, Margot, Jackson, Ansley, Carson and Avery.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, William Plock and one sister, Mary Louise Snyder.
Services are being planned and will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Fred’s memory may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, through www.myremembrance.com, which will provide the family with a personalized keepsake that lists every donor’s name who so graciously donated in his memory, or mailed to P.O. Box 159 Winfield, PA 17889.
The family is being assisted by Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, South Second and St. Louis Streets, Lewisburg.
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