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Richard James "Dick" Platz Sr.

Post Independent Writer

Richard James “Dick” Platz Sr. passed away Monday, Dec. 6, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 61.He was born Oct. 2, 1943, to James Platz and Georgia (Ames) Platz in Moab, Utah. He was raised and attended school in Gateway and Collbran, Colo. He graduated from Gateway High School in 1961.He married Jody McBroom on July 11, 1964. Dick worked as a rancher and a truck driver. He was the third of four generations of Platzes to work for Craig Ranches of Gateway. He also worked for various trucking companies before starting his own trucking business in 1989. Dick retired in 1997 to Dinosaur and remained there until the fall of 2004 when he moved to Eckert, Colo., with his cousin Bud Ames. Mr. Platz’s hobbies were fishing, rodeos and bullriding. He was an avid fan of the Denver Broncos and baseball.Surviving Dick are his wife and four children: sons Richard James “Jim” Platz, Jr. of Fruita and John Wayne Platz of Aurora, and daughters, JoAnn Hindson of Grand Junction and Julie Platz of Rifle. Also surviving are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In addition his foster mother, Verna Severson of Collbran, his foster brothers and sisters, Carl Severson, Wes Severson both of Grand Junction, Les Severson of Collbran and Ruby Severson of Grand Junction, survive him.Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at Martin Mortuary Chapel. Memorial contributions in honor of Dick may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.


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