William Plasterer

William C. "Bill" Plasterer

Saturday, July 6th, 1935 - Friday, April 21st, 2023
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William Carroll Plasterer 87, of Shippensburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, April 21, 2023 at his home. Born July 6, 1935 in Shippensburg, he was the son of the late Carroll C. and Carrie Barmont Plasterer.

He was a 1953 graduate of the Shippensburg High School. He was a member of the Messiah United Methodist Church, Shippensburg where he served as Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years, Chairman of the Memorial and Gifts Committee, and in various other capacities. He was a member of the National Guard, prior to serving four years in the U.S. Air Force as Flight Engineer. He was stationed over three years in Germany, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #223, Durff-Kuhn Post 6168 VFW, and a Lifetime Member of the Vigilant Hose Company, Shippensburg. He retired as Chief Lineman from the Pennsylvania Electric Company in Shippensburg where he had worked for 34 years.

He served as Treasurer of the Boy Scout Troop #121, Merit Badge Counselor for many years, and traveled twice as chaperone with the Boy Scouts to Philmont Scout Camp in Cimarron, New Mexico. He served as President of the Penn Dixie Square Campers Chapter 045 of Chambersburg, President of the Good Sam Camping Club Chapter 25 of Chambersburg and President of Shippen Squares Square Dance Club of Shippensburg of which he was a Charter Lifetime Member of the club having originated in 1977. He was State Secretary of the PA Square and Round Dance Federation for two years, Chairman of the N.S.D.C.A. State Camporee, Treasurer of the Mt. Rock Water Co-operative, and also a member of the Fort Morris Chapter #3324 of Fort Morris AARP, Inc.

Bill was a School Board Director for the Shippensburg Area High School for 12 years and served on the Shippensburg Park and Recreation Commission, The Bible Release Time, and the Southampton/Franklin County School Authority. After retiring, he was a substitute bus driver for McBeth Busing for the Shippensburg Area School District for six years.

Bill loved spending time with his children and grandchildren on the family vacations spent together, on the beach or lake, and especially family camping trips. He enjoyed traveling around the United States and spending winters in Florida with his camping friends. He enjoyed conversations with new and old friends wherever he went. He never missed an opportunity to lend a helping hand to anyone that needed it.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlene Morrow Plasterer; three sons, Keith L. Plasterer and wife Jamie of Carlisle, Kevin L. Plasterer and wife Barbara of Shippensburg, Mark E. Plasterer and wife Kimberly of Ellicott City, MD; six grandchildren, Lauren Wilder and husband Eric, Kyle Plasterer and wife Kala, Sadie Plasterer, Elijah Plasterer and wife Kaylynn, Isaac Plasterer and wife Sophia, and Benjamin Plasterer; three great grandsons, Nicholas and Noah Wilder, and Nolan Plasterer; two great granddaughters, Makenna Plasterer and Elleanor Plasterer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Olive Jane Plasterer and Retha Plasterer Kelly; one brother, Gary Chalmers Plasterer.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in the Messiah United Methodist Church. Rev. Wayne Heberlig and the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton will officiate. Burial with military honors conducted by the Minutemen of the American Legion Post #223 will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service in the church.

Serving as pallbearers are Lauren Renee (Plasterer) Wilder, Kyle Ryan Plasterer, Sadie Elizabeth Plasterer, Elijah Dale Plasterer, Isaac William Plasterer, and Benjamin Alton Plasterer.

Memorial contributions may be made to Messiah United Methodist Church, 30 S. Penn Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

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    Sunday, April 30th, 2023 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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    Messiah United Methodist Church
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    Sunday, April 30th, 2023 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, April 30th, 2023 2:00pm
    Messiah United Methodist Church
    30 S. Penn St.
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    Rev. Wayne Heberlig
    Rev. Dr. Francis H. Norton
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    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
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    Military honors conducted by the Minutemen of the American Legion Post #223.
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    July 6, 1935 - April 21, 2023

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Mark Plasterer

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In Loving Memory Of

William Plasterer

July 6, 1935 - April 21, 2023

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Michael Fabrizio

Posted at 09:02am
Bill was a wonderful man. I knew him mainly from Church. He treated everyone with a smile. I also before I retied sold Fords Interstate Ford. I helped Bill out a few times. Since I moved To Sugarloaf, Pa, 3 Years ago I have not been to our Church which I went to since 1981. Bill always treated me with kindness. He will be missed.

Wayne Heberlig

Posted at 01:51pm
Eulogy for Uncle Bill - William Plasterer
April 30, 2023
“Did you hear? Carroll and Carrie had a boy! Yes, their naming William Carroll!” That’s the word that spread quickly to the family and friends of Carroll and Carrie Plasterer in and around Shippensburg on July 6, 1935 and the days just after.
Bill, as everyone called him, was the oldest of four siblings; he had a brother, Gary, and sisters, Retha and Olive Jane. He would grow up on East Garfield Street in Shippensburg and be educated in this school district. He also received a great education from his parents, learning the value of hard work, of loving and valuing family and friends, and learning to know and love the Lord.
Bill had a job working at Cressler’s Produce and Grocery Store. Two brothers, Gerald and Melvin Crider were friends of Bill’s and co-workers with him. Their sister, Doris Crider sat with Arlene Morrow as they rode the school bus to and from Chambersburg High School each day. One day Doris told Arlene that Bill Plasterer would be coming to school to take her home, and no, Doris wouldn’t be riding along. Arlene didn’t know Bill and was considerable leery, but she did know the Crider’s and trusted them, so she reluctantly agreed. Bill did pick her up that day and drive her home, though as Bill would later tell the story, “Arlene wasn’t particularly eager to talk… she kept the radio turned up too loud for there to be much conversation.”
Not deterred, Bill continued his pursuit of her, and soon she was enjoying the pursuit! A romance started to flourish. In December 1954, Bill and 6 of his friends joined the Air Force, but by then he knew she was hooked as he declared, “She’s in love with me, and she’ll wait!” And she did! Bill became a flight engineer in the Air Force, but for the next several years while he was stationed in Germany, letters flew back and forth across the Atlantic every day.
On a personal note: Aunt Arlene was writing these letters from her home, my grandparents’ house. I was young, but I remember one evening we visited my grandparents when there were no other cousins there. Typically, when this would happen, we could engage Aunt Arlene in some activity… cards, board games, teaching us Chinese Checkers and the like. But not this time. Arlene was busy writing one of those daily letters to Bill. There was no greater priority, and niece, Mary, and nephew, Wayne, would just have to wait! We did.
Right out of high school in 1954, Arlene started working at Fogelsonger’s Insurance. Bill and Arlene had both been born near the end of the Great Depression and both had learned to be quite frugal. Since Arlene was still living at home, she was able to save nearly every penny she earned. While stationed in Germany, Bill’s buddies would spend their pay on cigarettes and alcohol. Bill, on the other hand, would save all his pay and send it home to be banked.
In 1957 Bill had a month of leave. After flying back to the states, they decided to get married during his month home. Fifteen days after they made that decision, they had their wedding. Fifteen days! A friend of Arlene’s had recently been married; her bridesmaid’s dresses were loaned to Arlene’s bridesmaids; only the bride’s dress was new. Her dad, my grandpa, was sick in bed, so her brother, Elmore, walked her down the aisle. And so it was that on the 31st of August 1957 before 200 guests, Bill and Arlene took a vow they would keep: “until death do us part.” Their wedding, presided over by Rev. Roland Garvin, was the last wedding in the old Otterbein Church near Newburg before it was torn down and that congregation moved to their new facility just across the road.
They went on a honeymoon to Virginia Beach and then, too soon, Bill had to return to Germany. Arlene returned home to the farm and the letters would continue for the next 16 months. With only a few months to go, Bill was transferred to Columbia, Indiana. He would be discharged on December 1, 1958. After four years of letter writing, with a wedding tossed into the middle, Bill and Arlene were finally able to be together. They officially took up housekeeping, living in the large farmhouse with her parents.
Bill went back to work at Cressler’s and maintained a side job of helping Grandpa Morrow on the farm. But since Bill and Arlene both worked in town, it made sense that they looked for a place closer to their jobs. Some land along Route 11 just a few miles South of Shippensburg was available, and they determined they’d build a new house. While they hired a general contractor who had other vendors and tradesmen working on its construction, Bill did as much of the work as he could. It was August 1959, just 9 months after Bill’s discharge, that their house was completed, and they moved into their new home on the Molly Pitcher Highway. Because of the money they had saved over the years, they were left with a whopping mortgage payment of $75.95/month.
Less than a year after they had moved in, they had an announcement! It was one of those announcements that would be nine months in the making. And so it was that on February 15, 1961, they were blessed to announce the birth of a son… Keith. Three years later, on my brother Rodney’s birthday, May 14, Kevin would be born; and finally on January 30, 1966, Mark would complete their family.
By now Bill was working for the Pennsylvania Electric Company; eventually he would be promoted to Chief Lineman. He was always a conscientious employee. He did his best to always be available when he was on call. The one phone call he never wanted to miss was the call to get someone’s power back on when they were without it.
If you knew my Uncle Bill at all, you knew he loved to tell the stories of his life or his job. I remember one such story from his workdays. He was called out on a Saturday afternoon to a transformer problem. Upon investigation it was discovered that an Amish family had just bought and signed for a farm that day, and not wanting to have, nor pay, for electricity, the farmer had taken a chisel and hammered it right through the incoming wire directly below his electric meter. Fortunately, he had not been electrocuted.
Up to this point the Plasterer’s were an active part of Otterbein United Methodist Church on the Newburg Charge, but as the boys were growing and getting involved in more activities, they opted to look closer to their home. It wasn’t a very long search for them to settle on Messiah where we are gathered today. They would sink their roots deep here. Friendships were built here. Bill would serve for a season as Sunday School Superintendent. Arlene would sing in the choir and play the piano (for 28 years). My wife, Chris grew up in this church. The first time I visited here at Messiah, I noticed my aunt, uncle and cousins just a few pews away. Uncle Bill was sure to go out of his way to welcome me! I don’t know if he went out of his way to ask Chris every Sunday how Wayne was, but for sure when he’d see me, I’d be asked how she was!
Do you remember back in the days when you would hardly ever lock your car? Maybe if you parked it somewhere with something valuable in it you’d lock it, but never while you were in it driving somewhere? One evening Chris and I were waiting at a stop light here in town. Cars had bench seats and Chris had slid over right next to me. Suddenly the driver’s door opened and there was Uncle Bill. The smile on his face belied the serious tone as he warned: “You kids behave yourselves.”
Despite having three boys under age 10 in their home, Uncle Bill (and Aunt Arlene) would invite Chris and I to spend several of our “date nights” at their home playing cards. There would be ample snacks and soda as us guys were pitted against the gals playing double deck pinochle.
While he might invite, visit with, or play cards with other adults, his boys were never ignored. Bill invested himself in teaching them many of the same lessons he had learned. There would be hunting and fishing. There would be games and sports. There would be chores and paper routes. There would be lessons in gardening and canning. There would be mowing and trimming and pruning bushes. There would be school and scouts and church. Not only did Bill teach them what he knew, but he imparted character to them as well: “You help others, it’s just what you do; you don’t just mow your own lawn, you mow several of your neighbor’s lawns as well.” The boys worked hard to excel, not because it was a mandate he gave, but because they wanted to please him.
Remember how frugal Bill had been while in the Air Force? It wasn’t lost on the boys that their home didn’t have central air conditioning until they had all moved out. “And just because it’s summer and the car has air-conditioning doesn’t mean you need to use it. Put the window down. Running your car’s air-conditioning-compressor uses more gasoline.”
In 1970 they rented George Monn’s camper. The family was hooked on camping right from the start. Bill’s mom had been a lead player in Cub Scouting in the area, so it was only natural for the boys to get into scouting. Camping gave Keith the opportunity to use some of his budding Cub Scouting skills. Kevin and Mark would follow suit. One of Uncle Bill’s camping traditions was to fire up the charcoal and grill chicken every Sunday before breaking camp and going home.
Bill was always involved in what the boys were involved in. Once Keith had advanced to the Boy Scout level, Bill got involved too. Bob Reed was the Scout Master of Troop 121. Bob welcomed Bill on board. He served as the Troop Treasurer; he became the Merit Badge Counselor, twice traveling with the boys to Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.
Bill made a lasting impression on many people, and the Scouts from Troop 121 were no exception. One of them posted on Bill’s webpage of the Fogelsonger/Bricker funeral home: “Bill was one of the great troop dads, always willing to give us a hand.” Another one said, “Bill was a huge part of enabling us scouts to have a fantastic experience. Not only did his support directly impact the lives of the troop, but through me, it has now cascaded down to the next generation of scouts.” So indirectly, Bill changed the lives of kids whom he has never gotten to meet! How amazing is that!
Bill had been a great dad, but he was equally as committed to loving and encouraging the next generation of grandchildren (and even great-grandchildren) as well. Bill and Arlene were always available to help family and others and to serve by example. Their grandson Isaac shared that a couple Thanksgivings ago they had no sooner finished eating than Bill was up starting to clear the table and doing dishes. Isaac asked him, “Poppy, why are you always getting up and doing this?” Bill’s response was, “Well, somebody needs to do it and it might as well be me.” How’s that for modeling the role of “servant-leader.” Other grandchildren commented on the memories of not just being together with their Poppy, but working together: picking blueberries and apples, making applesauce, etc.
No matter how busy Bill was, there would always be time for Arlene. I asked the boys about his favorite hobbies. They said, “Mother! Mother was his favorite hobby.” Whether it was helping clean, do laundry, hang clothes, work in the garden, cook or can. Anything that involved her was his favorite. He wanted to be good to her and do whatever she wanted.
Apparently, she wanted to square dance! In the mid-seventies they were invited by their friends Arthur and Hazel Brechbill to square dance. They had known the Brechbill’s as fellow campers in the Good Sam Club. After saying “Yes, to square dancing Bill and Arlene discovered that to get your first degree in square dancing required 75 lessons… 75! And that first degree is just the start! A new square-dancing club was being formed called the Shippen Squares. Bill and Arlene would become charter lifetime members when it was organized in 1977.
They would become quite good at square dancing, and square dancing would be quite good to them. Square dancing would take them to or through every state in America twice, AND they had started through them a third time participating in 44 National Square Dancing Conventions.
Now, if that’s all he did… if the things listed above were the end of his involvements, it would be significantly impressive. But hang on, Bill…
• Was also a member of American Legion Post #223,
• A member of Durff-Kuhn Post 6168 VFW
• A life-time member of the Vigilant Hose Company
• Served as President of the Penn-Dixie Square Campers Chapter 045 of Chambersburg
• Was President of the Good Sam Club Chapter 25 of Chambersburg
• Served as State Secretary of the PA Square and Round Dance Federation
• Played the role of Santa Claus at school and other events.
Is your head spinning yet? Well, he also…
• Was Chairman of the N.S.D.C.A State Camporee
• Was treasurer of the Mount Rock Water Co-operative.
• Was a member of the Fort Morris Chapter #3324 of the Fort Morris AARP
• Served as School Board Director (Shippensburg) for 12 years.
• Was on the Shippensburg Park and Recreation Commission
• Worked with Bible Release Time
• And served with the Southampton/Franklin County School Authority
• After retiring from Penn Elec, he was a substitute bus driver for McBeth Busing.
Is it any wonder that Bill knew so many people and touched so many lives. He had rubbed shoulders with people all over the area in all sorts of capacities.
Several of their friends had started taking their campers and wintering in Florida. When Bill retired from Penn Elec, Arlene decided to retire as well so they could also check out this “wintering in Florida” idea. They loved it so much it became their norm. Just a few years ago, their Florida trip was cut short by a water leak in their home that required significant renovation. That was bad, but it can’t rival the reason this year’s trip was cut short - a diagnosis of advancing cancer. They came home quickly, and shortly after arriving home, Bill was placed into Hospice Care.
These last weeks have been challenging for Arlene, the family, and those who have known and loved Bill. There are new challenges that await, but God is gracious! His love is everlasting! His presence is real. I was blessed in talking to the family that in Uncle Bill’s last few hours, he several times said, “I love the Lord. I love the Lord.” He not only did love the Lord, but he’s now in the Lord’s presence where he is able to tell the Lord that in person!

Judy Asch (Reed)

Posted at 08:42am
I was fortunate to attend the service for Mr. Plasterer on Sunday. I knew him since I grew up in the Messiah United Methodist Church. He served with my Dad, Scoutmaster Bob Reed, was actively involved at church in various ways, was father to the great young boys I grew up with, and was obviously devoted to Mrs. Plasterer. I sang with her in the adult choir and substituted as the Sunday School pianist when they were away camping. The service was beautiful and very moving from the photos, the words of love, down to the carefully chosen music. Mr. Plasterer clearly lived a wonderful life! 💙🙏🏻

Josh Thomas

Posted at 05:10pm
We had the pleasure of being neighbors with Bill for the past 5 years. From the very night we moved in, Bill made us feel welcome and let us know to let him know if needed anything. He’s mowed our grass for us and has helped us numerous times over the years. Always eager to share a story or life lesson, we will certainly miss him greatly. He has always inspired us and he was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Until we meet again friend…

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