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Ron­ald Fred­er­ick Plackemeier “Capt. Ron” left this world for his heav­enly home on Satur­day Novem­ber 11th at the age of 65. Ron passed away peace­fully in his sleep at his fam­i­lies’ home in Col­lege Sta­tion sim­ply re­ferred to as “The Woods”. Ron grew up in Hous­ton, Texas, was a grad­u­ate from Texas A&M Univer­sity in 1975 and re­ceived his law de­gree from the South Texas School of Law in Hous­ton 1979.

Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, he joined the law firm of Lyons, Nu­gent & Lilien­stern in Texas City, Texas. Even­tu­ally he be­came a part­ner and the firm be­came known what it is today Lyons & Plackemeier. Over the years, Ron fol­lowed his en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit to ven­ture into other busi­nesses such Grand Prize Bar B Que, real es­tate and horse rac­ing. Most re­cently he has served as the City At­tor­ney for the City of Texas City and Hitch­cock, a post he held un­til his death.

Ron was highly re­spected and was con­stantly called upon in the com­mu­nity to or­ga­nize and par­tic­i­pate in events that rec­og­nized and sup­ported the needs of oth­ers. He would gladly risk los­ing a bet at his own ex­pense know­ing that those in need would ben­e­fit. In 1998, he re­ceived the Les­lie Hay­ley Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award; Ron was the past pres­i­dent of the Texas City-La Mar­que Cham­ber of Com­merce, past pres­i­dent of the Op­ti­mist Club of Texas City, past board mem­ber and chair­man of the Bay Area Coun­cil Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, board mem­ber of Hos­pice and mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Texas City, where he was a Paul Har­ris Fel­low. Ad­di­tion­ally, Ron served in his ca­pac­ity as le­gal coun­sel for nu­mer­ous civic groups and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Galve­ston County Emer­gency Com­mu­ta­tions District and Hope Vil­lage.

Ron was a loyal Fight­ing Texas Ag­gie. He em­bod­ied the true spirit of the 12th Man. As a stu­dent, he be­came a yell leader and worked very

closely with the Ag­gie Club, now known as the 12th Man Foun­da­tion, and formed the Stu­dent Ag­gie Club with a one-time mem­ber­ship fee of $12.00, which was later known as $12 dol­lars for the 12th Man. His legacy as a Yell Leader con­tin­ues to live on today at each and ev­ery mid­night yell prac­tice fable, by and through Ron’s cre­ation of “Rock-the Good-Ag” who was born on the forth stoop of Davis Gary Hall in Septem­ber 1973. Through­out his life, he demon­strated his pas­sion, as he was ready to stand in sup­port of for­mer stu­dents, the Let­ter­man’s as­so­ci­a­tion, the 12th Man Foun­da­tion and Texas A&M ath­let­ics. For 35 years, Ron’s game day “Tail Gates” at “Plack’s Place” set the stan­dard for what tail gat­ing is today in Ag­gieland. From the time you saw his smile to the mo­ment you heard “Howdy”, you knew all were wel­come, friend or op­po­nent. Vis­i­tors left with an even greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Spirit of Ag­gieland. When the Ag­gies Muster in 2018, “here” will be heard around the world.

Ron was im­mensely

proud of his fam­ily. He was a de­voted son to his par­ents Harry and Wil­lien Plackemeier. He and his wife Gayle have been blessed with 4 chil­dren, Rusty, Alyssa, Rob­bie and Jenny, that were the light of his life. Ron loved and en­cour­aged his chil­dren to pur­sue their dreams and to live life to the fullest. Each in their own way today, are re­in­forc­ing the vi­sion of their dad, their best friend and big­gest sup­porter.

One Year ago, Ron was blessed with his first grand­child, Bridger Guy Litwin, and spent special mo­ments with him, as Bridger went to his first Ag­gie Foot­ball game in Oc­to­ber.

Ron was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Harry F. Plackemeier and Wil­lien Martha Plackemeier. He is sur­vived by his wife of 38 years, Gayle Brad­ford Plackemeier, son Rus­sell “Rusty”, daugh­ter in law Karen, daugh­ter Alyssa, son in law Ryan Litwin, grand­son Bridger Litwin, son Robert and daugh­ter Jennifer.

Through­out Ron’s life he reached out to and in­cluded oth­ers, never ask­ing for any­thing in re­turn. His lead­er­ship, gen­eros­ity and friend­ship is his legacy. He will be missed but the mem­o­ries will live for­ever. There is a com­mon chant echo­ing through heaven right now, “There’s a Coach com­ing in!”

A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice and Cel­e­bra­tion of His life will be held Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16th, at the Doyle Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Texas City, Texas. Ser­vices are to start at 1pm. Fam­ily will re­ceive vis­i­tors from 11:30 – 12:45. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the ser­vices, the cel­e­bra­tion will con­tinue with fam­ily and friends in true Plackemeier fash­ion.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests all memo­ri­als be sent to City of Dickinson Hur­ri­cane Re­lief Fund 4403 HWY 3 Dickinson, Texas 77539, Har­vey Re­lief Fund Friendswood United Methodist Church 110 North Friendswood Drive Friendswood, Texas 77546 and Hope Vil­lage 15403 Hope Vil­lage Road Friendswood, Texas 77546.

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