Garold Lesley Platz, 81, a resident of Marshall County for the past 53 years, died on Saturday, September 16, 2000, at 2:16 a.m. Garold died at his residence, 7235 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail, Plymouth, from an extended illness due to cancer. He was in the loving care of his family and the Marshall County Hospice.
Born in Lakeville, Indiana, on March 8, 1919, Garold was the son of James A. and Elsie May Beam Platz. He attended Lakeville High School.
Drafted into the army in June of 1941, Garold served in World War II. He made Staff Sergeant and was with the 10th Armored Infantry Division. He saw action in the Rhineland, Central Europe and was in the Battle of the Bulge. Overseas from Sept., 1944 until the following year, he was in France, Germany, Belgium and Austria.
On October 27, 1943, in Plymouth, Garold and Helen M. Gilbert were married. Helen died on March 23, 1982.
Employed in 1941 by the Wabash Railroad, Garold also worked for the Wells Manufacturing Co. and the South Bend Gas plant. In addition, he worked at Add-a-Bath Prefab as a carpenter, Liberty Coach, Bremen, and S.K.F. Bremen Bearings for 28 1/2 years from which he retired in April 1982.
A shore fisherman, Garold loved to fish locally. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards and cooking beef stick sausage.
He attended the Blissville Church of the Brethren of Plymouth.
Garold is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Jean Platz, of Plymouth, a brother, Leonard Paul Platz, Dade City, Florida, Marjorie Platz, a sister-in-law, of Plymouth and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, Opal and Evelyn and three brothers, Glenn, Loren and Orly Platz.
Friends may visit with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, 2000, at the Blissville Church, 6250 Spruce Trail, Plymouth.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. at the church. The Rev. Jim Baker, pastor of the Blissville Church, will officiate.
Arrangements are by the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.
Burial will take place in Fair Cemetery near North Liberty.
Memorial gifts in Garold’s name may be made to the Marshall County Hospice or the Blissville Church.