Gordon H. “Fred” Plank, 81, formerly of New Holland, PA, died unexpectedly on July 28th at his home in San Antonio, Texas.
He was the son of Mabel May Plank and Paul DeHaven Plank. He graduated from Garden Spot High School and Penn State University receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
He served in the Army for more than twenty years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. During his military service he earned a Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University.
After retiring from the Army, Fred settled in San Antonio and worked at San Antonio Savings Association for several years. He later started his own business consulting firm.
Fred was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church. He was very active in the San Antonio Art League for many years.
He actively participated in Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA), one of the most popular events of the annual Fiesta© San Antonio. He chaired a booth, recruiting volunteers to work and sell drinks for 4 nights to raise money for historic preservation and restoration in San Antonio by The Conservation Society.
He also had a deep appreciation for Native American art and culture, travelling to Oklahoma City for the annual Red Earth Festival for many years to acquire unique art pieces, visit with the artists, and attend the parade and dancing & singing competitions.
He is survived by sisters, Marian Brensinger of Lititz PA and Linda Martin of Easton PA; nieces, Jill Trimbath of Lititz PA and Kelly Horning of Adamstown PA; a nephew Eric Martin of Sterling VA; and seven grand nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother Charles and a nephew Kevin Martin.
A Celebration of Fred’s Life will take place on Friday, August 5th from 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78218, 726-600-3439.
Graveside services will be on August 20th at 11:00 A.M. in the Paradise Mennonite Cemetery, 17 Cherry Hill Rd., Paradise PA 17562.
Donations can be made to the Animal Defense League of Texas, 11300 Nacogdoches Rd., San Antonio TX 78217.
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Aug. 2, 2022.