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Steven George Platz, 68, Middlebury, died at 3:51 p.m. Friday, June 2, at Goshen Hospital.
He was born Aug. 24, 1948, in Sturgis, Michigan, to George and Loraine (Miller) Platz.
On May 19, 1972, in Elkhart, he married Joan Leininger, who survives.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by their children, Kai (Katja) Renz of Germany, Hanna (Markku) Kyyronen of Finland, Angelina Martinez-Rubio of New York, formerly of Mexico, Ainhoa (Jose) Burzaco Sanchez of Spain, and Mette Bjoergen of Norway; nine grandchildren; his mother, who lives in Bristol; sister, Caron Aurand of Elkhart; brother, Reginald (Vicki) Platz of White Pigeon, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Steve was a 1966 graduate of Middlebury High School. His first job was working for Pine Manor Turkey Farm in Vistula. He did excavating work with his father for Platz Excavating and later took over the business. He found enjoyment working in sales of vans for various conversion companies, shuttle buses for Turtle Top and currently inside sales for restroom trailers for Art Inc. He often spoke recently of wanting to do excavating in his spare time.
Steve was very passionate about golf, both playing and watching. In 2006, he hit a hole-in-one at Maplecrest Country Club on the 12th hole.
He and his wife were part of the Elkhart Vette Set from 1971 to 1992 and enjoyed showing and racing Corvettes.
Steve was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of Maplecrest Country Club in Goshen and Sons of the American Legion Post 210 in Middlebury. He also enjoyed working in the flower beds and loved to cook, including grilling out.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the 11 a.m. funeral mass Saturday, June 10, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bristol. Services will be conducted by Father Neil Wack CSC.
Cremation will take place at a later date with burial at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury or St. Mary's Catholic Church of Bristol.
Online condolences may be shared at millerstewartfuneralhome.com.
Published on June 5, 2017
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