Max Ruch Pletch

October 12, 2023

Max Ruch Pletch, 94, of rural Frankfort, Ind., died October 12, 2023 at his home.  He was born April 26, 1929 in Clinton County to Frank Elgin & Mary Grace (Ruch) Pletch.  He married Zillah M. Padgett on September 9, 1947 and she preceded him in death on November 9, 2020 after 73 years of marriage.

Max was a 1947 graduate of Jackson High School.  He had worked at Ushco, retired from Allisons in Indianapolis and then after retirement, worked at Co-Alliance.  He was a member of the Antioch Church.  Max enjoyed motorcycling, travel, wood working and gardening.  He was active in Scouting, was a Boy Scout leader and Cub Scout Leader and was formerly Assistant District Commissioner for the Scouts.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. October 22, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Family services will be held on October 23rd. Grandson, Curtis Edmondson will officiate. Entombment will be in Green Lawn Cemetery, Chapel of Peace Mausoleum. Memorial donations may be made to Clinton County Cancer Fund.

Survived by:

Son: Steven Pletch of rural Frankfort, Daughters: Cynthia (Berni) Pletch of Summerfield, FL, Nikki Malloy of Daytona Beach, FL, Jennifer (Rick) Edmondson of rural Frankfort, Brothers: John Pletch of Lafayette, Fred Pletch of Frankfort, William “Bill” (Sheryl) Pletch of Frankfort, Sister: Jacquelyn Williams of Frankfort, 6 grandchildren: Shawn (Jennifer) Pletch, Curtis (Emily) Edmondson, Elizabeth Stankard, Brandon Malloy, Derick Edmondson and Megan (Jacob) Smith, 12 great-grandchildren: Amilla and Aidan Pletch, Makaila and Abigail Summers, Cole, Noralee, Neilen, and Ettalyn Edmondson, Maximus & Harrison Malloy and Noland and Nathan Smith.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, sister, Marilyn Snellenbarger, sister-in-law Lynnette Pletch and brother-in-law, Fred Williams


Leave your Condolences

13 Condolences for “Max Ruch Pletch”

  1. Fred Heavilon Jr October 13, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Most sad. He was an outstanding and caring man. The world needs more Max Pletches. Condolences to all his family and friends.

    • Jennifer Edmondson November 5, 2023 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you, Fred. Your words of kindness really meant! If I remember correctly you had said such kind words about our Mom. Yes they Both will be sorely missed! We know that they are at peace and together
      Jennifer (Pletch) Edmondson

  2. Thomas Johnson October 14, 2023 at 6:04 am

    My father and I enjoyed some good years in Scouting when Max became Scoutmaster at Antioch. He made get togethers for projects and camping great fun. He and Zillah were ever welcoming and gracious. Saddened by his passing, but trust that he is in the embrace of Christ.

    • Jennifer (Pletch) Edmondson November 5, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you for your kind words about my Mom and Dad. I was so blessed to have them in my life for 63 and 65 years! But it still hurts but I am thankful that they are together and know I will see them again!
      I do remember you! Hope you’re doing well.

    • Edmondson, Jennifer November 12, 2023 at 10:52 am

      Hey Tom,
      Thank you for the wonderful memories that you have of my Mom and Dad! Your kind words were very kind. Believe it or not I remember you and your parents. Thank you again for taking the time to reach out to our family.

      Jennifer (Pletch) Edmondson

  3. Lora (Smith) & Bill Layton October 14, 2023 at 7:52 am

    To all the Pletchs, esp. Shawn & Jackie, so sorry for your loss.

  4. SuAnn October 18, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Nikki and Jennifer our deepest condolences and prayers coming your way on your Dad’s passing. I’m sure your Mom is happy to see him, now he resides in the best place of all with the Lord on one side and your Mom on the other. Susie (McQueen Surber)
    Blessings to All.

    • Jennifer (Pletch) Edmondson November 5, 2023 at 1:21 pm


      Thank you so much for thinking of us during this time. We are going to miss Mom and Dad so much but can rest firmly in knowing they are together in heaven!
      We are so very grateful to have had them for so much longer than most. Hope this finds you well

  5. Sam Scott October 22, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Pletch family. Max was a neighbor when we first moved to Antioch and my brothers third grade baseball coach. Max always was there to greet me at on returns to Antioch at the Church and Jackson HS Reunions. Max will be missed greatly.

    • Jennifer (Pletch) Edmondson November 5, 2023 at 1:24 pm


      Thank you so much for thinking of us during this time. We are going to miss Mom and Dad so much but can rest firmly in knowing they are together in heaven! We are so very grateful to have had them for so much longer than most. Hope this finds you well.

  6. LaDawna Roberts October 23, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll be praying for you and your family.
    LaDawna Roberts

  7. Linda Benge October 27, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Hugs, thoughts and prayers for all the family. Thank You JESUS for Your COMFORT and PRESENCE. AMEN.

  8. Lynn Bowen Hale November 8, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Steve Pletch I’m so sorry for your loss! I just saw this and feel bad for not coming to the showing!

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