TRAVERSE CITY — George Platte, 89, of Traverse City, passed away Dec. 27, 2013, at Tendercare Birchwood. George was born on Jan. 31, 1924, in Detroit, to the late Fred and Rose (Miesch) Platte.
George honorably served as a member of the United States Army from 1943 to 1946. He was a tank commander and a gunner in the Philippines during World War II.
On Aug. 24, 1946, George married Gloria Brown at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores. They made their home there until 1986 when they moved to Traverse City. Together they shared 63 years of marriage before Gloria passed away in 2009.
George was a devoted member of the VFW, the Carmelite Monastery and a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
In his retirement years George enjoyed traveling abroad with his wife, Gloria; they visited many of the places that the Blessed Mother has appeared. In his spare time George enjoyed wood carving.
George was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gloria; and brothers, Fred, Tom and Bob.
George is survived by his son, G. Randy (Beverly) Platte, of St. Clair Shores; daughter, Mary Elizabeth, of Traverse City; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Matthew, Danielle, Christopher, Joshua and Joseph; great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill and Joe; and sister, Rosemary.
Visitation will be held today, Dec. 29, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m., with the rosary to be prayed at 4:30 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Graveside services will take place in the spring at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens, where he will receive full military honors.
Memorial contributions in memory of George may be directed to Mass Intentions at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your thoughts and memories with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home.