Monday, May 4, 2009

Norman C. 'Uncle Norman' Platt

Norman C. Platt, “Uncle Norman,” age 93 passed away Monday, May 4, 2009, at Wisconsin Veteran’s Home, Union Grove. Norman was born October 10, 1915, in Dowell, IL, son of the late John H. and Agnes Platt. Norman moved to Racine at the age of 14 and attended area schools. He worked at numerous bars and was known as the “Singing Waiter” until, at the age of 20 he found employment at Massey Harris, working there until his retirement 35 years later.

Norman loved “Show Biz.” He was a member of the Cardiac Capers, singing and dancing for 16 years, and after they disbanded he joined the “Penguin Players” where he performed well into his 90’s. Norman loved to travel and traveled to Las Vegas 27 times, often appearing on stage with some of the celebrities.

Norman was a United States Army veteran serving during World War II from May 29, 1942, until December 11, 1945. He served in the European Theatre and was there for the liberation of Paris. He loved journeying back to England and France and meeting old friends.

Norman never married but thought every woman he met was beautiful and every gentleman was a friend. He never had a bad thought about anyone he met. Although he never had any children, he loved all children and enjoyed entertaining them as Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer each Christmas at the Eagles Club. Norman considered everyone he met a dear friend.

Norman attended St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of the Eagles Club and a lifetime member of the Veteran’s Club. Norman loved cooking and gardening and loved growing vegetables and flowers on an acre of land at his niece's and then giving all of it away. He had such a generous heart. Most of all Norman loved performing before the public.

Norman leaves behind his best friends, Mona and Richard Fortier who cared for him for many years; niece Fay Rasmussen of Racine; nephew, Roger and Veronica Hansen of Largo, FL; and many, many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Violet and Menno Hansen; his brother and sister-in-law, John A. and Aileen Platt; his niece, Marlene B. Hawes; and nephew, Carl Platt.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at noon, with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

The Platt family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Mona and Richard Fortier, and all the nurses, aides and doctors at the Veteran’s Home-Boland Hall for their loving and compassionate care.

He will be missed. We can see him now up in Heaven leading the Angels in song and dance. “Break a Leg” Norm.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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