Rodney Allen Pletzer passed away at the West Parry Sound Health Centre, on Sunday, July 9th, 2023, in his 98th year.

Beloved husband of Eileen (Pawlech) for 68 years. Loving father of Ronald (Valerie); Daniel (Suzanne), (Robyn); David (Laura); and Randy (Michelle). Cherished Grandpa of Candy, Jim (Carla), and Jenna (Cindy); Kelsey (Justin), and Jordan (Dominic); Holly (Howie) and Riley (Alyson); and Ryan and Jeff (Shay-lynn). Dear Great Grandpa of Hayden, Henry, Eliza, Liam, Ava, Ainsleigh, Ava, and Alaia. Dear brother of the late Wallis (Daisy), Evelyn (Garnet), Leith (Helen), (Ethel), Ruby (Bernard), Iris (Albert), Hazel (William), (Donald) and Raymond (Eunice). Survived by his sister Eileen Whittal (late George). Fondly remembered by his nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Friends are invited to join the family at the Logan Funeral Home (705-746-5855), 81 James Street, Parry Sound, on Saturday, July 15th, from 11:00 – 12:00 noon.

Memorial and Eulogies will take place in the Logan Memorial Chapel at 12:00 noon. Reception to follow.

Graveside Service and interment at Orange Valley Road Cemetery, Magnetawan, at a later date.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Magnetawan (donations by cheque only please), the West Parry Sound Health Centre Foundation, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


So very sorry to hear about Rod’s passing. He was a lovely man. Sending love and hugs to the whole family ❤️❤️❤️

-Wendy Witruk

Our sincere sympathies to the entire Pletzer family at the passing of this amazing man. Always friendly, welcoming, willing to share his knowledge and so much more. We all will miss his awesome stories and tales. He was a pioneer and friend to so many. Thanks for sharing him with us.
The Willms Family

-Gerald Willms

I was sad to hear of Mr.Pletzer’s passing. Thinking of you all during this sad time. He was always so kind and always had a warm smile. Sending lots of love to you all.
Nicole (Laura’s niece)

-Nicole Downes

Our sincere condolences on the passing of Uncle Rod. Our thoughts are with Eileen and the rest of the family at this difficult time.

-Jennifer and Glen Curl

Our sincere condolences to each of you. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

-Marilyn and Tom McEwen

Our deep sympathy for the family. Many wonderful memories that we will cherish.

-Vaughn & Marg Moffatt

My most sincere condolences to the family. I have known Rod all my life and have valued that friendship.

-Merv. Brown

Beloved friend I’ll miss you terribly. Every time I came up to the Orange Valley & came over the hill looking down on your farm I felt as if I was coming home. You made it feel that way. I will forever be thankful for all the memories you & Eileen gave me. The conversations, the jokes with each other, the winter afternoons talking about world affairs, dinners, building my cabin, Dave’s wedding, your Sister Ruby, sharing life stories & so much more. It meant so very much to me & will stay with me forever. Love you Rod.

-Gil Paterson

My most heartfelt condolences to the family.

-Raychell Jeffery-Ermen

My Condolences to the Family. Rod was such a kind man. Always welcoming and interested in what was happening in your life. My favorite memory will always be playing scrabble with him. A true scrabble Legend, who never made you feel less with your 3 letter words. I can hear him saying as he pulled out the wooden Letters from the purple bag "On no bad letters, bad letters". I am honored to have gotten to know him.

-Robyn Jeffery

Anne-May, George and family want to express our deepest condolences to Randy and Michelle and the entire Pletzer family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

-Anne-May Kason

My sincere condolence to Rod and Eileen's family. We got to know them when we bowled in Burks Falls years ago. We visited their home in Orange Valley once. They were a lovely couple. Truly enjoyed their company.

-Marlane Anndersen

Randy and Michelle and family. We are so very sorry for your loss. You always spoke lovingly of your dad and the farm. We know that you and your brothers will miss him dearly. Love to you all. Kim and Don


My sincere condolences to your family at this difficult time. Your father was a lovely man.

-Jodi Laking

To Candy and all the Pletzer family. Sorry to hear about Uncle Rod. Was so good to have a visit with him and three of my cousins last summer. Uncle Rod was the only one my Uncles I can remember playing the guitar and singing Cowboy Songs. Was so impressed as a young teen. Sorry we can’t be there to see him off. Love to all.

-Terry Sweitzer and James Joyce

What a loss and void he will leave in the lives of all of us. For the very short time I was Rod and Eileen's neighbour, I was charmed by his wit, smile, humour, knowledge and insight. I will have happy memories of him sitting at the oven waiting for cookies to bake, looking over the fence and admiring my garden, wonderful conversations and stories. Rod, you made such an impact on so many.

-Sue Whalen

We are so sorry for the loss of this very special man, who has graced us with many fond memories of fun, laughter & light heartedness, but who also has shown great steadfastness in his life……Our thoughts & prayers are with you all…..
From the Family of Eileen Whittal (in Alberta)

-Anita Montoya

On behalf of the Northern Ontario Wark family, our deepest condolences to the Pletzer family. My first wife, Winnifred (nee Wark, deceased) was Rod's cousin. Winnifred's mother ,"Minnie" (nee Pletzer), was Rod's aunt.
Minnie and Lawrence Wark never forgot their roots in the Orange Valley, and spent many Springs with Rod, making maple syrup. Rod has left a lasting legacy and heritage for those left behind.

-Ken Walker

Uncle Pletzer. Sunday school & falling asleep on your couch on New Years. I will never forget being surrounded by your cows. I will miss stopping in to have a laugh at my dad's expense & will continue to give the homestead a double honk when we arrive & leave the valley. Always in my heart.

-Julie Paterson

Our family spends summer holidays visiting grandma and grandpa and uncle Rod’s family. Uncle Rod was always up for fun. With only a facial expression he could get us kids giggling, especially at inappropriate times. In recent years I’ve appreciated how he regularly called his little sister. My mom cherished their every conversation. Brent Whittal

-Brent and Laura Whiittal

First my deepest sympathy to all. In today's world Rod was someone most could never understand a man of faith, family a believe that we as people can be better.
I confess not knowing him well but those who came before me my Dad my Uncle my Grand Father my Great Grand Father but possibly more importantly my Great Grand Mother part of the Wark Family immigrants who found Orange Valley a close knit group trying to find a safe heaven for family and kin. Rod may my Dad, Aubrey my Uncle Ellis play a good musical tribute welcoming you joining the kinship those who escaped injustice hoping for a better life without oppression free to live learn :)


We send our sincere condolences at this very sad time of the passing of Uncle Rod. Uncle Rod was always a kind and genuine person. He was a true gentleman farmer and will be missed by many.

-Doug and Kit Pawlech

Sending our condolences to the families. We are not well enough to attend the funeral. Rod was a great man who always had time to talk. He will be missed.
Gord and Irva

-Gord and Irva Stewart

My condolences to Eileen and family on Rod's passing. A life well lived.

-Lynne Fraser

On behalf of my late father, John Farrow, I extend condolences to the Pletzer Family. I last visited with Rod about 15 years ago. Elaine

-Elaine Larocque