Silas Frederick Jav "Si" Platt

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Silas Frederick Jav (Si) Platt, 77, a resident of Treasure Lake, died Sept. 3, 2016, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Born Jan. 2, 1939, in DuBois, he was the son of the late Edward James Platt and Alice Joyce Nelson-Platt.
He was united in marriage with Brenda Kahle Platt on Jan. 3, 1998. She survives.
He was a graduate of DuBois High School, class of 1956.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an aircraft director on the flight decks of two aircraft carriers; he was deployed to the Western Pacific for three tours of duty.
In 1962, he was employed by Pacific Bell as a telephone installer. He was promoted to the position of Outside Plant Engineer in 1965. Until his retirement in 1990, he held management positions in the plant, operations, engineering, headquarters staff, and human resources departments. While employed, he earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in human resources management from Golden Gate University. Following his retirement, he returned to DuBois. Soon after, he and Brenda started a small antiques business, which they owned and operated for twenty years.
He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. He was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the DuBois Area High School Alumni Association, and the Swedish American Club. He was a member of the DuBois American Legion, Post 17, the USS Princeton Veterans Association, the Bonne Homme Richard Shipmates Association, the Punxsutawney Elks, Lodge #301, and the Treasure Lake Sportsmen's Club. He was a former vice president of the DuBois Area High School Alumni Association, and he served as a director for the DuBois Area Schools Educational Foundation. He was a charter member and founder of the DuBois Area Soap Box Derby. He served as the Local Race Director for the derby for five years and as a committee member for seven years.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, traveling, and spending the winter months with Brenda away from their home at Treasure Lake.
He is also survived by one sister, Alice Cheryl (Fred) Moody of Madisonville, Ky.; two sons, Edward Platt and Steven Platt, both of Martinez, Calif.; three stepdaughters, Amy Bosnick and Kara Shields of Johnstown, Pa. and Erica Wayt of DuBois, Pa.; three grandchildren, Darren, Mariah, and Hannah Platt, and four step-grandchildren, Nathan Wayt, Avalee Bosnick, and Colton and Caleb Shields.
There will be no public visitation. A service of remembrance will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Miller officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the DuBois Area Honor Guard. Interment will be in Morningside Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Adamson Funeral Chapel, Inc. of DuBois.
Memorial donations may be made to the Covenant House (a nationwide network dedicated to saving homeless children), 461 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001 or Christ Lutheran Church, 875 Sunflower Dr., DuBois, PA 15801.
Online condolences may be made at
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Adamson Funeral Chapel
1312 Chestnut Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2016
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