Joseph Leo Platz

NEW ULM — Joseph Leo Platz, age 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Burial will follow in the Catholic Cemetery in New Ulm where the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will provide full military honors.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 11, 2020 at Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes – NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Masks and social distancing are required.

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Joseph is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Janet Platz; daughters, Connie Platz of North Mankato, Carrie Forst of New Ulm; sons, Paul (Donita) Platz of Lafayette, Jeff (Ellen) Platz of Sheboygan, WI, Brad (Judy) Platz of Hutchinson, Bruce (Laurie) Platz of Lafayette; 13 grandchildren, Eric, Phillip, Alex, Lexi, Bridget, Ryan, Rachel, Evan, Mariah, Cassidy, Jarrett, Kolbe, Logan; great grandchild, Emmett, and one more great grandchild due in January; sister, Marion Roiger of Springfield; sisters-in-law, Joyce Platz, Elaine Polzin, Gloria Platz, Mary Schmitz, Florence Fennern; brothers, Jim (Judy) Platz of Hudson, WI, Tom (Jeri) Platz of Springfield, Bernie Platz of Webster, SD, Pat (Debbie) Platz of Sparks, NV; brothers-in-law, Larry Sell, Cal Bolinder, Leo Schmitz; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth (Schunk) Platz; parents-in-law, Edward and Emma Turbes; sisters, Doris Goettig, Rosalyn Sell, Elizabeth Bolinder, Joan Platz, Marge Boklep; brothers, Linus Platz, Kenneth Platz; sisters-in-law, Peggy Platz, Lettie Turbes; brothers-in-law, Ray Goetting, Leonard Roiger, LeRoy Boklep, Bill Turbes, Gene Turbes, Leonard Polzin, and Al Platz.

Joseph “Joe” Leo Platz was born October 22, 1932 to Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth (Schunk) Platz in Springfield. He attended school through 8th grade and later enlisted in the United States Army. Joe served his country from March, 1954, to December, 1955, touring in Korea and Japan. After his service, Joe was united in marriage to the love of his life, Janet Marie Turbes, on September 12, 1960. The couple was married at St. Mathias Catholic Church in Wanda, MN, and their union was blessed with six children. In addition to being a father, Joe also worked as a milk hauler with Springfield Dairy, heavy equipment operator/mechanic with Mathiowetz Construction, and as a farmer. Joe also participated in organizations like the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, Parish Council, and was a strong pro-life advocate. He also served as an usher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Joe was a humble man of few words. He often spent his time helping others, as well as reading his favorite newspaper, sports articles, and books. Joe also enjoyed going fishing and deer hunting with his friends and going on trips to Germany, Mexico, Alaska, the Holy Land, and wintering in Arizona. Many fond memories were made when Joe would tease the grandkids and give everyone very unique nicknames. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Blessed be his memory.