ROCK FALLS – Karen Pletsch remembers her husband, Lloyd, for his passion for life and people.
A former Daily Chronicle editor and local coordinator for Experience Works in DeKalb County, Lloyd Pletsch, 68, passed away Saturday after a short battle with lung cancer.
Karen Pletsch said her husband got the most joy out of life by spending time with his family and embracing the simple things.
He would spend two hours every day riding his bicycle through the countryside, taking in the nature and wildlife, she said.
As editor of the Daily Chronicle from 1981 to 1995, Lloyd was known for his down-to-earth writing style and being able to relate to people on all levels, Karen Pletsch said.
“That’s what people enjoyed about his writing, and that’s what they enjoyed about him,” she said.
Kathy Siebrasse, who worked at the MidWeek while Lloyd was at the Daily Chronicle, said she admired him as a fellow journalist.
“Since we were competing newspapers, we always had a friendly rivalry,” she said. “We were a weekly trying to beat the daily.”
After leaving the Daily Chronicle, Lloyd and Karen Pletsch moved to southern Illinois and then to Indiana, where he was a managing editor and director of online news for local newspapers. But after several years working in the journalism industry, Lloyd felt he was meant to be doing something else with his life.
Lloyd Pletsch began looking for nonprofit opportunities and eventually became the local coordinator for Experience Works in DeKalb County.
He worked with unemployed seniors 55 and older, finding them positions with nonprofits where they could get on-the-job training to prepare them for the workforce.
“He certainly enjoyed working and trying to help people who needed help,” Karen Pletsch said.
Lloyd Pletsch not only had a love for people, but animals as well. He and Karen fondly called their two Boston Terriers, Gabby and Maggie, “our girls.” Karen Pletsch described her husband as her soulmate, saying he was simply a wonderful person.
“He loved his family and he loved his town and he loved his dogs,” she said. “He was just a phenomenal man.”