Gary Dean Plagmann


March 14, 1944 - October 9, 2011


Gary Dean Plagmann was born March 14, 1944 on the family farm near Alexandria, SD to Elmer and Luella (Brakke) Plagmann. He attended country school near his home and graduated from Alexandria High School.

Gary married Sheryl VandenHoek on April 20, 1974. He spent nearly forty years of his career working in the telecom engineering field and created many friendships through his work in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. He was employed by Martin and Associates and was a member of the SD Army National Guard. In his retirement years he worked part-time as a courier for Avera Lab Services. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria and later became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mitchell. He loved spending time gardening, woodworking, playing with his cats and spoiling his grandson, Aiden.

Gary is survived by his wife; his two daughters: Heather (Todd) Mergen, Sioux Falls and Katy (Ryan) Stulc, Rapid City; grandson, Aiden Mergen; three sisters, Lois (Don) Pueppke of Alexandria, Linda Werning, Clayton and Diane Hansen, Pierre; his parents-in-law, Lloyd and Irene VandenHoek, Mitchell; two sisters-in-law, Laura (Jack) Docken, Mitchell and Marcia (Jim) Jarratt, Granbury, TX and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers-in-law, David Hansen and Albert Werning and his nephew, David Pueppke.


Thursday, October 13, 2011
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, October 13, 2011
7:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East 3rd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

entry posted by Gary Kimm on 01-17-2012
Dear Sheryl & family, I just noticed the information about Gary. As several have commented, I hope the memories of Gary are helpful and that the spirit of compassion has been a strong presence for you.. I always enjoyed visiting with him and felt that he was someone who added to life.
entry posted by Loyd and Roxy Wesche on 10-14-2011
Sheryl and family, We just heard about your loss today. Just want you to know that our thoughts are with you during this sad time. May God give you strength during this difficult period.
entry posted by Betty Woehl on 10-14-2011
My prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry I did not know Gary passed away otherwise I would have been at the funeral. I worked and took care of him at HSC. I just loved that.
entry posted by Delaney Clinic, Dr. Lucio Margallo & staff on 10-13-2011
Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.
entry posted by Bruce Schwenck on 10-13-2011
Sheryl - My sympathies to you and your family. God Bless.
entry posted by Don Oakley on 10-13-2011
RIP Gary, My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
entry posted by Norma Kannegieter on 10-12-2011
Sheryl and family I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing but we know he is in a better place and at peace. He was always busy with his little projects and I enjoyed helping him at the store when he was looking for those hard to find items.
entry posted by Jackie & Brian Beilke on 10-11-2011
Sheryl, Heather, and family -- holding you in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Kelvin & Linda Albertz on 10-11-2011
All this time I have known you Sheryl I did not realize Gary was from Alex. We are sorry for your loss. God Bless
entry posted by Carmen & Bryan Neugebauer on 10-11-2011
Sorry to hear of your loss Sheryl - our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the memories - they will get you through each difficult day ahead.
entry posted by Carol Grode-Hanks on 10-11-2011
Sheryl- you are in my heart and prayers. God will comfort you as you begin your journey through grief. Many hold you in their thoughts and prayers. God Bless....
entry posted by Deb & Ron Dusseau on 10-11-2011
Sheryl and family, our thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time. You are among the very special people that we know, and our hearts go out to you.
entry posted by Sherri & Tom Patzer on 10-11-2011
Our deepest sympathy to you Sheryl, and your family, on the loss of Gary. May God hold you in the palm of His hand during this difficult time.
entry posted by Marla Starr, Ameriprise Financial on 10-11-2011
Dear Sheryl - I am so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Thinking of you in the days ahead. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.
entry posted by Tatum Mahlen on 10-11-2011
Katy and sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your families during this time.
entry posted by La Verne & Marilyn Hedblom on 10-10-2011
We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Plagmann family.. May God surround you with his love and comfort.
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