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1401 Hudson Road, Rogers, AR


Ricks H. Pluenneke

May 17, 1936May 18, 2020

Dr. Ricks Henry Pluenneke passed on May 18th, 2020 and was cared for by “Circle of Life – Hospice” in Bentonville, Arkansas. Ricks was born in Wellington, Texas on May 17, 1936, to the late Daniel and Elizabeth Pluenneke. Daniel Pluenneke passed away at the age of 34. Elizabeth (Beth) remarried Leroy Williams, who raised Ricks as his own son. In Ricks’ own words; “The best father he could have ever had”. Leroy and Beth also had a daughter together, Elizabeth Dee Williams. Ricks was active in 4H Club and graduated from Carrizo Springs High School. Upon graduation, he attended Texas A&M and was a cadet, as well as, a Tank Commander in the Army Reserve. Ricks graduated with his PHD in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, in 1958. While attending A&M, Ricks met “the love of his life” and future wife Mary Sue Blevins. Ricks went on to work for Mississippi State as a professor of graduate biochemistry. While living in Mississippi they had two sons: Jason and Benjamin. In time, he left the education field to pursue consulting as, “The Plant Pro”. Ricks provided guidance for multiple universities and other large-scale landscaping endeavors. He also wrote articles for the Star Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas for 14 years. Upon retirement, Ricks and Mary moved to Rogers, Arkansas to spend quality time with family and made many new friends. Ricks is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Jason (wife, Melinda) and Ben (wife, Maribel); grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Daniela and Steven; sister, Elizabeth Dee; and nieces, Amanda and Lillian. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11am, in Fort Worth, Texas at Oakwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas. Online condolences can be found at www.rollinsfuneral.com.


  • Mary Pluenneke, Wife
  • Jason Pluenneke (Melinda), Son
  • Ben Pluenneke (Maribel), Son
  • Elizabeth Dee, Sister
  • He also leaves 4 grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Daniela and Steven; and nieces, Amanda and Lillian.

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12 September

Graveside Memorial

11:00 am

Oakwood Cemetery

Fort Worth, Texas


Ricks H. Pluenneke

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Craig Reiland

May 20, 2020

My thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and your sons at this time. Ricks was always impressive with his knowledge and dedication as well as his professionalism in helping our Tyler Parks & Recreation as a consultant for many years. He also taught me much through his friendliness and helping me in my profession. He will be missed!

Keith Mills

May 20, 2020

Our condolences to you Mary and your family. Ricks was a great guy. I enjoyed getting to know the two of you. I loved the stories Ricks shared with us. Ricks will be missed... He was a great help to us while I worked at the Tyler Parks Department. May God bless you and comfort you during this time.

Keith and Karen Mills,
Ben Wheeler, TX


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