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Robert "Bob" L. Pleticha
(06-01-1942 - 09-27-2018)

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Robert “Bob” L. Pleticha Jr., 76, resident of Elgin, passed away on Thursday September 27, 2018 surrounded by family and friends at Central DuPage Hospital, Winfield, IL. He was born on June 1, 1942 (the year everyone wanted to know), the son of Robert and Mary Tenney Pleticha Sr. Bob was a Veteran, and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a teacher in U-46 and had worked for 22 years at Channing Elementary School and 10 years at Fox Meadow Elementary School prior to his retirement.

Bob founded the Elgin Sharks Track Club in 1980. He was not only a coach, but a mentor, and father- figure to 1000s of children. As a result of his dedication to the community & his unwavering passion working with Elgin area youth; in 2015 the City of Elgin named November 18th “Bob Pleticha Day”. Some of his other life time achievements include being an intercollegiate, national & international powerlifting champion, being inducted into Judson University Sports Hall of Fame in 2016, as well as, Elgin Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bob was a fierce competitor and appeared to have a tough exterior, but those that were close to him learned that he had a softer, gentler side that he demonstrated through his love of nature and nurturing animals.

Bob is survived by his wife: Mary, whom he married on December 26, 1999; two brothers: Paul (Donita) and Mike (Mary) Pleticha; two sisters: Susan (Nick) Falco and Penny Estes, along with many nieces, nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 niece.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 4-9:00 pm at the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., Elgin, IL, 60123. On Saturday, October 6, 2018 final visitation will begin at 1:00 pm until time of service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 400 Fulton St., Elgin, IL, 60120. Mass will begin at 2:00 pm immediately followed by burial with Honors at Lakewood Memorial Park, Elgin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bob’s memory to: Elgin Shark Track Club, Parkinson’s Foundation www.parkinson.org; or ASPCA www.aspca.org. For information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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