Richard F. Ploss, Jr. 1943 – 2024

Richard “Dick” F. Ploss, Jr

Richard “Dick” F. Ploss, Jr

Richard “Dick” F. Ploss, Jr., 81, of Oppenheim, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, April 19, 2024, at his home on his 81st birthday, with his loving wife, Joyce, by his side.

He was born on April 19, 1943 in Little Falls, New York and was the son of the late Richard and Virginia (Plato) Ploss, Sr. Dick began his education in the kindergarten on Van Buren Street, first grade of the Union Free School. and then transferred to Stratford Central School, where he graduated with the Class of 1961.

On April 29, 1961, Dick married Joyce H. Burris at the Salisbury United Methodist Church Parsonage in Salisbury Center, New York. The couple shared a union of almost 63 years together.

A self-employed tree trimmer by trade, he worked his way up to a tree trimmer supervisor for the New York State Department of Transportation, Region II in Utica, New York, and became the Highway Maintenance Supervisor II in Johnstown, New York for over a year . 20 years. In previous years, Dick worked for contractor Harold Johnson, Giffith Fuel and Gehring-Tricot.

Dick was a member of the Stratford United Methodist Church, a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons Lodge 796, the NYS Christmas Tree Growers Association, the Young Republican Club, the CSEA Union, and was a former member of the Stratford Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping and considered himself an amateur gunsmith. Dick enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his brothers, all of whom will miss him dearly.

Dick is survived by his wife Joyce Ploss at home; two sons, John Ploss and his wife, Joan of Stratford, NY and James Ploss, Sr. and his wife, Tina, Barneveld, NY; grandchildren, Jason Ploss and his wife, Michelle of Herkimer, NY, Tricia Caponera and her companion, Dave Mower of Cold Brook, NY, Sarah Waters and her husband, Derick of Lassellsville, NY, James Ploss, Jr. and his companion, Chloie of Seattle, WA, Steven Ploss and his wife, Christine of Remsen, NY, Michael Dunn and his wife, Carissa of Utica, NY, and Kristin Stooks and her companion, Travis Shields of Remsen, NY; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Lovett her companion, Derek, Nataley Caponera, Adian Ploss, Landon Ploss, Emerson Waters, Evelyn Waters, Avery Ploss, Harper Ploss; great-great-grandchildren, Luci Lovett, Declan Perschieri, Jayce Dunn, Trent Dunn, Presley Stooks, Jaxon Stooks and Wilder Sheilds; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerry and Donna Ploss of Dolgeville, NY and Bradley and Lisa Ploss of Oppenheim, NY; a sister-in-law, Patricia Young of Stratford, NY; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

He was predeceased by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, Harold and Alice Burris, a sister, Andrea Maynard and her husband, William; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Dale Smith; and a brother-in-law, Walter Young.

Visiting hours will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the locally owned and family owned and operated Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York 13329, Cremations and Funerals. Immediately following calling hours, a funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 4:00 PM with Pastor Matt Worley officiating. A private burial will take place at a later date at the Ploss Family Plot of the Smith Cemetery on Voorhees Road in the Town of Oppenheim, New York.

The Ploss family would like to thank the Oppenheim and Hilltop fire departments and ambulance services for their care and compassion for Dick during his final moments.

Please consider memorial contributions to the Oppenheim Volunteer Fire Department, 6786 State Highway 29, St. Johnsville, NY 13452 or the Stratford United Methodist Church, PO Box 74, Salisbury Center, NY 13454. Please note in the check memo: “In Remembering Richard F. Ploss, Sr.” so that the contribution can be properly recognised.

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