NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Robert L. Plants, age 90, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at Golden Hill Nursing Home in New Castle Pa. Mr. Plants was a former resident of Ashtabula, Ohio.
Mr. Plants was born March 21, 1923, in Washington, Pa., the son of John and Ollie (Miner) Plants. Mr. Plants was drafted into the Navy and was a WWII Vet.
In 1953, he opened his first photography studio. Later, he was employed at Rockwell International as a tool and die maker. He was a beekeeper for many years and in 1985 became the County Apiary Inspector for 11 years. After retirement, he had several paper routes for the Star Beacon.
Mr. Plants was a member of the Harbor United Methodist Church, Contact Tele Ministries, Ashtabula Co. and Trumbull Co. Bee Association. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, photography, bee keepings, and traveling.
Survivors include his children, David (Kimberly) Plants of North Kingsville, Ohio, James (Denise) Plants of New Port Richey, Fla., Marti “Martha” Bodgon of New Castle, Pa., Kenneth (Ann) Plants of Blythewood, S.C., Dottie “Dorothy” Plants of New Castle, Pa. and Nancy Piltz of Ashtabula, Ohio; one sister, Jean (Tom) Vandigraff of Dunedin, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, Rose Gillmer, Cheri Siders, Magen (Josh) Corbett, Ashlee Plants, Amanda (Ken) Winters, Sarah Balcomb, Hayley Plants, Rebecca Plants, Angie (Brian) Gillispe, Joseph Plants, Jessica Plants, Corey Piltz, and Emily Piltz; two step-grandchildren, Zachery Norris and Will Norris; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne A. Plants; his parents, John and Ollie Plants; step-mother, Hazel Plants; four brothers, Lewis, Donald, Edward and Richard; and a sister, Barbara.
A private family burial will be held at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Memorial Service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 4506 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, on Thursday, June 13th, at 6 p.m., followed by family visitation.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be greatly appreciated.
Obituary and condolences at www.williamrogerdecarbo.com and starbeacon.com.