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

Posted by Gary Kimm on January 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.
Posted by Loyd and Roxy Wesche on October 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.
Posted by Betty Woehl on October 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.
Posted by Delaney Clinic, Dr. Lucio Margallo & staff on October 13, 2011
Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.
Posted by Bruce Schwenck on October 13, 2011
Sheryl - My sympathies to you and your family. God Bless.
Posted by Don Oakley on October 13, 2011
RIP Gary, My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.
Posted by Norma Kannegieter on October 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.
Posted by Jackie & Brian Beilke on October 11, 2011
Sheryl, Heather, and family -- holding you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Kelvin & Linda Albertz on October 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
Posted by Carmen & Bryan Neugebauer on October 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.
Posted by Carol Grode-Hanks on October 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....
Posted by Deb & Ron Dusseau on October 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.
Posted by Sherri & Tom Patzer on October 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.
Posted by Marla Starr, Ameriprise Financial on October 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.
Posted by Tatum Mahlen on October 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.
Posted by La Verne & Marilyn Hedblom on October 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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