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Date published: 10/8/2013

Henry C. Pletch

Henry Carter Pletch, 76, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Fort Worth, Texas, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

"Hank" was born June 2, 1937, in Chicago, to Lillian and Fredrick Pletch. He had a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from UCLA.

Hank was instrumental in the early space program at Cape Canaveral and Huntsville, Ala. He also worked with the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren. Hank moved to Fort Worth in 1986 to work at General Dynamics.

He loved Fort Worth, its people, and especially his wife and best friend of 50 years, Dottie, and his sons and family. Hank will always be remembered for his love of learning, reading and crossword puzzles, classical and bluegrass music and most of all, his beach vacations with his family. He reveled in sharing his knowledge and life lessons with those around him.

During his extended illness, Hank received excellent and loving care at Harris Methodist Southwest. The family thanks Dr. Maldonado, Dr. Barrera, Dr. Nghi, Dr. Anna, Dr. Artim and Dr. Kimberly Eden, and numerous nurses and staff. They not only cared for him, but made sure Dottie was cared for as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Lillian Pletch.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy S. Pletch; sons Heinrich Carter Pletch and wife Donna, Eric Thomas Pletch and wife Lynn, Derek Edward Pletch and wife Amy and Stephen William Pletch and wife Allisyn; grandchildren Samantha, Carter, Cody, Morgan, Ella, Anna, Max, Oliver and Julia Pletch; great-grandchildren Cameron and Carson Pletch; sister Nina Reilly; brother Fredrick Pletch; sister-in-law Sue Knight and husband Rodney; brother-in-law Billy Spicer and wife Bobbe; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Fort Worth. There will also be a memorial service on the East Coast at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation in Hank's name to the American Cancer Society or charity of one's choice.