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Lt. Col Joseph Francis Platz, Jr.


Lt. Col Joseph Francis Platz, Jr., Ret. US Air Force, widower of Minnie Lee DeWitt Platz, of Green Cove Springs, Florida, entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 25, 2023.

Graveside Funeral Services with Military Honors were held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Bowman Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:00-1:00 PM at Bryant Funeral Home, St. George.

Joseph was born on May 3, 1937, in Newark, New Jersey, the son of the late Joseph Francis Platz, Sr. and Gladys Schwaner Platz. He graduated from Rutgers University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering and Webster University where he received a master’s in business administration. Joe was a career pilot in the US Air Force and served in the Vietnam War. After retiring from the US Air Force, he was an insurance agent. After his second retirement, Joe spent his time traveling and exploring in his motor home. He was an active member of the VFW Post 1988 and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Green Cove Springs, FL.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Sr., and Gladys, his wife, Minnie, and grandson, Kyle DuPlessis.

Surviving is his son, Kenneth (Tracy) Platz of Colorado, his daughter, Deborah (Shawn) duPlessis of Arizona, his sister, Roberta Keenan of New Jersey, his grandchildren, Chase duPlessis, Simone’ duPlessis Aiden duPlessis, Amelia duPlessis and Zachary Platz, and his great-grandchildren, Skyla duPlessis, Jayden duPlessis, and Mason duPlessis.