Eldo Henry Platte (1918 - 2014)

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Eldo Henry Platte, a 45 year resident of the Tempe, Ariz., died Feb. 8, 2014, at 95. He was born June 15, 1918, in Maxfield Township, and graduated from Denver High School in 1937. He answered the nation's call during WWII by joining the Army Air Corps and after graduating from Aviation Cadets served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific as a B-29 bombardier. He later served with the Air Force in the Korean War also as a B-29 bombardier and many other Air Force assignments ranging from Mather AFB to Homestead AFB, FL to RAF Alconbury, United Kingdom until leaving the Air Force in 1968. After moving to the Arizona he joined Air West Airlines and served with several other airlines until retiring in 1981.

He married Florence, Denver High Class of 1939, in Roswell, N.M. in 1943 and enjoyed their life together until her death in 2006. Their travels with the U.S. Air Force shaped the family in many ways. He settled in Tempe and was a founding member of King of Glory Lutheran in Tempe. He and his wife supported Arizona State University hosting many international students introducing them to the Valley. He and his wife's love of traveling and visiting countries had them range as far afield as Hong Kong and Finland.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Florence, son Steven, brother Waldo, his father Theodore Platte and mother Alma Schultz Platte. He is survived by son, Jeffrey Platte and his wife Melanie, of Williamsburg, Va., granddaughter Amy, of Charlotte, N.C., and grandson Andrew, wife Virginia, and great grandsons Connor and Alexander, of Charleston, S.C.

Eldo was a member of the Air Force Association and Military Officers Association of American.

A memorial service was held at King of Glory Feb. 14, 2014. Burial is at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Cave Creek, Ariz. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the King of Glory Lutheran Church, Tempe or Banner Alzheimer Institute, Phoenix.
Published in Waverly Democrat from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2014
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