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May 17, 2013

Don E. Plackard

July 11, 1924 - May 16, 2013

ANDERSON, Ind. — Don E. Plackard, 88, Anderson, died May 16, 2013, at Alexandria Care Center after an extended illness.

He was born July 11, 1924, in Alexandria, to Marshall and Mary (Craig) Plackard.  

He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

He was self-employed as an auto mechanic for 65 years. He loved flying.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include wife Caroline L. (Rodecap) Plackard of Alexandria, whom he married in 2005; daughter Susan (Stephen R.) Deines of Alexandria; son Dennis Lee (Dorothy Manis-Plackard) Plackard of Anderson; four stepchildren, Al (Linda) Rodecap of Anderson, Charles Rodecap of Van Buren, Don (Kathy) Rodecap of Noblesville and Larry (Toby) Rodecap of Anderson; nine grandchildren, Chad (Kristie) Huff of Fort Myers, Fla., Dustin (Maggi) Huff, Robert Hunt and Andrew Hunt, all of Marathon, Fla., Damon Plackard of Indianapolis, Daron (Tami) Plackard of Kansas City, Mo., Steffani (Dave) Walston of Indianapolis, Jodi Plackard of Anderson and Dawn (Doug) Beckner of Pendleton; 12 great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Betty L. Plackard; and two sisters, Marilyn Frazier and Naomi McDonald

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at East Maplewood Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Gettinger officiating with military graveside rites provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 266 Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service.  

Memorial contributions may be given to Alzheimer’s Association.

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