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.