Joseph John Plander

November 7, 1917March 23, 2014
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Joseph J. Plander, born November 7, 1917 passed away March 23, 2014. He is preceded in death by his wife Pearl R. Plander (5-3-1992) and son Richard Plander (12-30-2013) and granddaughter Susan Renee Green (2-22-73). He will be greatly missed by his children Nelda Green and husband Douglas, Barbara Fitzgerald, Shirley Schuler and husband George III, Kenneth Plander; grandchildren, Deborah Green and husband Benjamin, Jacob Green, Laura Haines and husband Dennis, Joseph Fitzgerald, Jessica Lauret and husband Josh, George Schuler IV and wife Amanda, Christina Schuler; great grandchildren, Jared, Rachel, J.D., Connor Haines, Kolby and Kadence Fitzgerald and Jenna Lauret; brother, Jimmy Felix Plander and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Joseph served his country in the US Army. He was a Staff Sargent, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during WWII. He returned home and was employed with F.H. Maloney in the Tool and Die department for 40 plus years until his retirement. Joseph was a loyal husband, father and grandfather. His legacy will be carried in the hearts of his grandchildren.

Joseph Plander spent the duration of WWII from 10/9/1941 to 8/24/1945 earning a Purple Heart and several Bronze Stars during hostile combat during the Asiatic Pacific campaign. He went to California by train and shipped out of San Francisco on the newly troopship conversion of the Queen Elizabeth. They reached Australia on 6 April. Because Melbourne could not accommodate the Queen Elizabeth, it unloaded at Sydney and the troops and cargo were moved to Melbourne by rail and smaller Dutch ships. Staff Sergeant Joe Plander was a squad leader and a runner and survived three beach landings and contracted malaria while crawling through the wet jungles.

He met his younger brother, Jimmy, while on Biak Island. He didn’t even recognize him until Jimmy said: “Hey, don’t you recognize your brother.” They got to spend a few hours together before Uncle Jimmy shipped out.

One story Dad told was about him shooting at a soldier, who he thought was the enemy since they were surrounded by them. He kept shooting as the man rolled down a hill. One of Dad’s companions said: “Hey, Joe, I think you got him.” And the soldier answered: “No, you didn’t get me.” And Joe answered: “Well, it wasn’t for the lack of trying.”

When Mom passed away in 1992, I went to Dad’s house every week to show him how to run a house, cooking, banking, grocery shopping, laundry, paying bill, etc. He had always taken care of outside chores and knew absolutely nothing about Mom’s jobs. I was so proud of him and how much he learned and we really got close. He was just my Dad before, always there, but we never really sat down and had long conversations. He was always working on things or doing his talking with his brothers, sons, and nephews.

He was a great dad. We always did things as a family—going places every weekend and we went on a family vacation every year. He was always there to help any of us if we needed help. I knew him the longest since I am the oldest, and I’m going to miss him so much. He accomplished so much in his life and he was a strong man. I’ll always love him.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 28, 2014

Joseph John Plander

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Vicki Gonzales

April 12, 2014

I never met Mr. Plander, but would like to say I know he was a good man because I know his daugher, Nelda. The love he gave her as she grew up is very evident in the way she loved him and how she raised her own kids.
Because of that love, I know he was blessed.
My prayers go out to the family. I know he will be missed.

Shirley Schuler

March 26, 2014

Kenneth and Dad made numerous trips together and every one was a great adventure and interesting. You never new how Dad was going to react. Kenneth and Dad drove to Las Vegas (everyone else flew) for Debbie's wedding. They took Route 66 from Las Vegas. Took a plane ride over the Grand Canyon. Kenneth, Dad and Richard did Dogs on Hogs several times and Dad loved it. He also did a plane ride with Richard over the Cleveland property. Nelda, Kenneth, Dad and sometimes I would join in on the Antique shopping trips. Dad usually would say something like "How long are we going to look at all this Old Stuff", but he really didn't mind it at first and actually was interested in seeing the Old Stuff (it would remind him of things). He especially loved the lunch spots with the Blue Plate specials. My Dad really loved his sweets. I'm sure Christina and I will never look at an Oatmeal Cream pie again without thinking of him. My Dad was funny, loved life and he really had a quick comeback. Even only 3 weeks ago. I think he was quicker than any comeback I could even think of and they were good ones. Unfortunately, we did not inherit his wit. I Love him and will miss him greatly.

Amanda Schuler

March 26, 2014

I will always remember him riding around on the four wheelers in Cleveland and watching his grand and great grand kids play. He was a wonderful man and he will truly be missed.

Nelda Green

March 26, 2014

I would like to acknowledge and praise Kenneth for the wonderful care and love he gave to Dad. Everything he did was for Dad's comfort and dignity. He has been looking out for and helping him since Mom's passing in 1992 and full time for the last 6 or 7 years plus. He put his life on hold for Dad and not many people would do that, especially, for no rewards. He hasn't had a vacation or fun-free weekend in all those years and it has been very stressful. And he just lost his only brother less than three months ago and that has really been hard on him. I love him very much and really miss Richard and now Dad very much. It's been me and the guys for years.

Thelma Vernon

March 26, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Wanda Plander-Polson

March 25, 2014

You've always held a special place in my heart Uncle Joe - and you will be missed. Our comfort is knowing you are with all your loved ones that passed before you. Love you.

Kristel Plander

March 25, 2014

RIP Uncle Joe.