Steven George Platz
                            August 24, 1948 ~ June 2, 2017

Steven George Platz, 68, of Middlebury, died at 3:51 pm on Friday, June 2, at
Goshen Health Hospital, Goshen. He was born on August 24, 1948 in
Sturgis, MI, to George and Loraine (Miller) Platz. On May 19, 1972 in Elkhart
he married Joan Leininger; she survives. Survivors in addition to his wife
are their children: Kai (Katja) Renz of Germany, Hanna (Markku) Kyyrönen of
Finland, Angelina Martinez-Rubio of New York, formerly of Mexico, Ainhoa
(Jose) Burzaco Sanchez of Spain, Mette Bjoergen of Norway; nine
grandchildren; his mother of Bristol; sister, Caron Aurand of Elkhart;
brother, Reginald (Vicki) Platz of White Pigeon, MI; several nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Steve was a 1966
graduate of Middlebury High School and 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 - 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 the 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 2:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday June 9, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003
South Main Street Middlebury. There will also be one hour of visitation prior
to the 11:00 am funeral mass on 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 and burial will be in Grace Lawn
Cemetery, Middlebury. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Boys
& Girls Club of Middlebury or St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Bristol.


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I am so sorry for the death of yet another classmate from the class of 1966.
It was great to work with Steve on our class reunion this past year and
enjoyed his sense of humor. I will always have fond memories from our
years together at MHS and seeing his smiling face out in the community.  
Joan, there are no words for this great loss. Prayers for you and your family.
From: Peggy Yeater Class of 66
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My thoughts are with you, Joan, as you begin this journey of grief.  May you
feel the prayers of your friends.
From: Sara VonGunten
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To the family of Steven Platz, Steve was a joy and a blessing to his fellow
golfers at Maplecrest.  We are very sorry for your loss.  He will be missed.
From: Dorn Nichols and Others
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I am so sad to learn about Steve's passing. As teenagers, we were great
friends and always had so much fun with our group of friends. Steve was
well-liked and I am sure he has many friends that will miss him. My prayers
are with his family.
From: Margie Fedorchak
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I had the joy of working with Steve for a short time at Turtle Top. He always
made me laugh and always had a positive attitude. He was a great salesman.
I was sad when he retired. I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find peace
in knowing he is no longer in any pain and with our Lord Almighty. God
Bless you in this time of grief. Prayers for the family.
From: Tina Campanello
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I'm sorry to hear about Steve.  He was a part of our Craigslist golfers at
Maplecrest.  We all considered him a friend and enjoyed his company.  Our
thoughts and prayers are with the Platz family.
From: Craig Miller
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Joanne,  My heart is broken for you! Just saw the news in todays paper!I
can't think of enough words to tell you how sorry I am for your loss!  If you
ever need a friend, my phone is 574-293-7662.  You are welcome to call and
visit 24/7!!!  I wish I could come to the viewing on Friday. I have constant pain
in my back and cannot stand or sit for any length of time. Please know my
prayers are with you......You are a dear friend and am here for you anytime!  
God be with you. I will be here thinking of you and sending hugs and love
from my heart.
From:  Suz Esenwein and family!  God be with you always.
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So very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Joan and I worked at NIBCO for
many years. We enjoyed seeing Steve And Joan at the company gatherings
over the years.
From: Steve Reese
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So very sorry for the loss of Steve. The family of La Mar and Betty Bloss.
From: Jane Bloss Davis
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Dear Platz family: I am sorry to hear about the loss of Steve. He was a friend
to all, and I especially enjoyed him as a  golf partner for two years at
Maplecrest. Prayers go out to all of your family.
From: Jon and Laurie (Ogle) Jesse
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Steve was always a good friend and an outstanding golfer. We met while
selling vans and worked closely having adjoining territories. To watch Steve
play golf was enjoying. He was a courteous golfer and was a delight to golf
with regardless of your skill level. Unfortunately we lost touch when we
moved south. I can still hear his laugh.
From: Perry Betts
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Dear Joan and family, I am so sorry to learn of Steve's passing. May
memories become like God's roses in winter and bring you peace.
From: Deb (Platz) Zimmerman
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Dear Joan; My Joan and I extend our sincere sympathy to you. Although life
has its ups and downs, what you are feeling has to be the deepest of
downers with the loss of your Steve. God seems to have a reason and a
season for each of us, and I pray that God's Holy Spirit will surround and
comfort you, and give you a peace of understanding, till that day when you
too will cross Jordan and join Steve again. We hold you up in our prayers.
From: Jim Pullen
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I am so sorry for your loss! Steve was one of the first to reach out to me at
Maplecrest when I arrived. I enjoyed so many conversations with him and
will miss seeing him at the golf course. I always enjoyed hearing what Steve
had to say and would like to get him riled up from time to time! We will miss
him at Maplecrest!
From: Jared Frederick
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Joan, I am so sorry to hear of Steve passing.  We had many good times on
the golf course and otherwise horsing around.  He will be missed in the
community and I will miss him greatly.
From: Kent McMahon
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