Robert M. Plaisted, Jr., was born Sep. 18, 1960, to Robert Plaisted, Sr., and Beatrice Plaisted (Ballotta) in New Brunswick, N.J. He spent his childhood surrounded by his three brothers, Chuck, Clint and Keith, in Old Bridge, N.J.
Robert attended vocational school in Old Bridge. Shortly after graduating, he moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota with his family. He married his lifelong partner, Carol, in October 1982. Soon after they welcomed their son, Ray, in 1983, and daughter Michelle, in 1988.
Robert tried his hand in the logging industry for a short time before pursuing his passion for painting. He held several auto body positions before venturing out in his own business.
As an avid member of the NHRA and Southern Hills Drag Racing Association, he also served as president of the ABATE for a short time and president of the Cool Pine Cruisers Car Club.
Robert always had the most infectious laugh and a personality that was hard not to love. He was an extremely loyal husband, father, grandfather and friend. Having the wind in his face, riding his motorcycle, was one of his favorite ways to relax. Drag racing was the next best thing. Of all, spending time with his family and lifelong friends was his favorite pastime.
Robert died unexpectedly Nov. 30, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 58.
He is survived by his wife, Carol of Custer; son, Ray Robert Plaisted of Custer; daughter, Michelle Marie Gorsuch of Hot Springs, S.D.; parents, Robert and Bea Plaisted of Custer; brothers, Charles Plaisted of Delaware, Clint Plaisted of Arizona and Keith Plaisted of Custer; and grandchildren, Dustin Plaisted, Tony Plaisted, Trase Gorsuch and Allyse Gorsuch.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Custer Lutheran Fellowship Church.
A memorial has been established to benefit the Custer Area Veterans Memorial in Custer.