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 Lesile 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.
We knew Ron from Friendswood kids activities. Ron was a joy to be around and will be missed. We are not part of the Aggie family, but I know how important that was to him, proud Aggie who made it a better school. Prayers to the family and Rest in Peace Ron.
Russ and Karen RhodesSeabrook, TX
When we were Yell Leaders together at A&M, Ron would often tell me he thought I was the only Senior Yell Leader that "liked" him, because the Seniors (Class of '74) were all in the Corps, and he was a Junior ('75) Non-Reg! Ron was right. Not only did I like him, I respected him. Lynn and I knew Ron and Gayle over 40 years at A&M and later in Friendswood. No finer person ever wore the Aggie Ring. Mark McLean '74
Mark McLeanFrisco, TX
To the family and the friends...I met Ron only a few years ago. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face...always. He would sit in the #2 recliner at our Texas City Cigar Lounge, always get a glass of water, no ice, one box pressed white label cigar every evening while he was town around 5:30ish. Ron, Manny (Lopez) and I decided to be the best of friends from the start. We made cordial bets of how high the Dow Iones would go, how many cars were in a parking lot, or was Rookie Judge to get on base or not. Then we would celebrate by going to Gaido's or another distinguished restaurant. Ron passed while owing me a sniffer of Hennessy and both of us owed Manny a dinner. I'm going to miss Ron profusely and will always think about his place in my life. He gave encouragement to my family, my well-being, and always shook my hand, occasional hug. He was the MAN that I totally looked up to. YOU WILL BE MISSED RON!
David ShinnTexas City, TX
Ron was an amazing and wonderful man.He will be greatly missed. God Bless you and your family.
LeJean GriffithDICKINSON, TX
I was surprised and saddened to see Ron has passed on. Like many others I respected Ron tremendously for his selfless community service. He reviewed my first house purchase and represented me as my attorney. He took no compensation because he was such a generous guy. A great sense of humour as well. The world needs more like Ron and we are all better off today for having known him, but lessened for his leaving too soon. Were I not out of state I would have come to share my condolences out of respect for such a great guy.
Daren BeaudoRichmond, TX
Thanks for all you did for Texas City, and Galveston County. May God bless your soul, and send comfort to your family.
You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.
Billy J. PeguesFair Oaks Ranch, TX