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William "Barry" Platt


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William "Barry" Platt Obituary
William "Barry" Platt April 4, 1930 - July 28, 2012 William "Barry" Platt was born April 4, 1930 in Carson City, Nevada to Grant and Edna Platt. Barry grew up and attended schools in Sparks, Nevada. At the age of 18, he moved to Bakersfield and went to Taft College for two years. As soon as he was done with college, Uncle Sam called him to duty and he did his stint in the Army during the Korean Conflict. After his Military time was over, he returned to Bakersfield where he became an electrician. He joined the Electrical Union #428 where he spent the next 50 years as a Journeyman Electrician and worked for several different shops where his commercial skills were highly valued. He met and married the love of his life, Rae Ellen Giggy, and they spent 41 years together enjoying life. They camped and fished in their leisure time usually in the Bishop area. They loved spending time there together enjoying nature. Barry had another love in his life, and at least once a week you could find him at one of the local bowling ally's knocking down pins and keeping his average high. He was a "lefty" and threw a mean hook. When his health would no longer allow him to bowl, he missed it desperately, along with the friends he bowled with. Barry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rae Ellen; son, Bryce Platt; step-son, Larry Little and his wife Shelly; step-daughter, Donna Sitrin; brother-in-law, Alton "Butch" Giggy and his wife Tonya; brother, Tom Platt and his wife Peggy; sister, Babs Friedlein; sister, Diana Cessna and her husband Gene; sister, May Pavlakis and her husband Lazo; 9 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Barry will be remembered for being a hard working man with a kind heart and gentle spirit. His absence will create a void in our family that can never be filled. At Barry's request there will be no services. A donation to the new San Joaquin Cancer Hospital in his name in lieu of flowers would please him. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Aug. 1, 2012
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