GUSTAVE LEROY (BUD) PLATSON

Gustave Leroy (Bud) Platson of Wilson, WI passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Baldwin Area Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Bud was born on the family farm South of Glenwood City, WI on March 21, 1926 to Henry and Minnie (Foote) Platson. He was christened at the Glenwood City Methodist church on June 14,  1926.

He attended Glenwood City School until his junior year when he found it necessary to relocate to St. Paul, MN for employment as a tow truck driver. He was drafted into the Army during World War II, but due to a serious illness, he was given an Honorable Medical Discharge at Camp Roberts, California.

Bud returned to Wisconsin moving to Knapp in 1944. At the Knapp Creamery he learned the craft of ice cream and cheese making. It was here that he met and fell in love with Rethia Jane Nichols. The couple married on August 2, 1945. Their union was blessed with five children.

In 1952, after acquiring his cheesemaker’s license, the family moved to River Falls. Bud became Cheesemaker and manager of the Golden Star Cheese Factory. During their 11 years at the Golden Star, they bought their 40 acre farm near Wilson, Wi. The farm adjoined his brother-in-law (Frank/Jerry Johnson’s) and is “down the road a piece” from nephew Buzz (Karen) Johnson’s farm. This proved to be a blessing as the nephews kept a watchful eye on Bud, Rethia and the farm. He loved hooking up the team of mules, Jenny and Jack to plow, plant, and pick rock, feeding chickens, horses, and cows. His family thrived here, learning the pleasures of country life and the rewards of hard work.

Bud took a job in Janesville, WI at the School for the Visually Handicapped in 1965. He started as a boiler operator (a skill learned at the cheese factory). He moved the family to Janesville in 1966. He became Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds and worked there 23 years until retirement in 1988. The next 25 years they spent winters in Nevada with children and grandchildren. The summers were spent at their beloved farm, gardening, mowing his big lawn, trimming brush, and enjoying neighbors, friends and family.

Bud loved his family dearly. Playing cards (especially euchre) was a favorite way to pass the time. He enjoyed fishing at the family cabin on Little Blake Lake with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting. The deer hunt in the fall was a favorite social occasion for him. He hunted early season with brother-in-law Murrell Schultz and dearly loved hunting at the farm with his sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons. Being together was the most important part of it all. Sharing stories, steaming bowls of soup, laughter, and the details of each hunt filled those days. Bud’s zest for life continued through his last days. He planted, harvested, and canned all summer and hunted in the fall. His team of mules, Jenny and Jack were replaced years ago with a quad-runner that he used for carrying produce, getting to his tree stand, and joy riding the “40”.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Geneva Prinsen, Alice Harer, Lucille Jenson, And Vernalee Johnson; brothers Martin, Merrill, and George; brothers-in-law Gordon Hop, Harold Windsor, Bud Johnson, Frank Johnson and John Roger Woolhouse; daughter-in-law Mary Ellen (Hovde) Platson; niece Terry Sorenson,  nephew Scott Joseph Platson, and great-nephew Randy Platson, Jr.

He leaves behind to celebrate his life, his wife of 68 years, Rethia; children: David Platson of Roberts, WI, Donald (Kathy) Platson of Janesville, WI; Kathy Phalin of Downing WI; Patty (Joe) Jarvis of Pahrump, NV.; and Loyd (Julie) Platson of Pahrump, NV.; 17 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Bud touched the lives of many. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor, storytelling, and the love he had for family and life.

Service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home with Julie Platson officiating. Interment of the cremains will be in the spring at the Glenwood Cemetery Glenwood City. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12-2 p.m. on February 15, 2014. Local arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI.