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Ferdinand K. "Fred" Platzer Jr.

AGE: 56 • Howell

Ferdinand K. "Fred" Platzer Jr., 56, of Howell, passed away suddenly from a fall on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune. Fred was born in Atlantic City, raised in Summit and had lived in Long Branch prior to moving to Howell in 1989. He was a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. Fred was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving as a Tin Can Sailor on the USS King homeported at Norfolk, VA on which he sailed throughout the world. He was the owner/operator of A Chimney Man, Howell since 1998. Prior to that, he was the owner of Pest-Man, Howell since 1987. He also was the Executive Chef at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick and at Monmouth Park Racetrack. Fred was an avid bowler and owned two 300 rings at Howell Lanes. He was a member of the Chef's Ski Club at Hunter Mountain, NY of which his father was a co-founder. Fred was a dual citizen of the U.S.A. and Switzerland.

Fred was predeceased by his father, Ferdinand K. Platzer Sr. He is survived by his wife, Michelle D. Platzer; three daughters, Krystle Platzer, Emerald Platzer and Jade Platzer, all of Howell; three grandsons, Ali Platzer, Jacob McNamara and Nathanael Platzer; his mother, Ruth Platzer of Little Silver; a brother, Robert Platzer and his wife, Nancy of Tinton Falls; two sisters, Doris Marinaccio of Elberon and Louise O'Malley and her husband, Kevin of Little Silver; many nieces and nephews; and all his extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his 10 a.m. memorial service at the Immanuel Bible Church, 1244 West Farms Road, Howell, NJ 07731 on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 with Fred's pastor, Joe Suozzo officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fred's memory may be made to the church to support Fred's passion, local and foreign missions. Arrangements are under the direction of the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home, Freehold Township. For information, directions or condolence messages to the family, visit

Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 22, 2012
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