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Philip Paul Pletz

07/31/1943 - 12/18/2015
Service Date: 12/28/2015
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2121 S. Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona

Philip Paul Pletz, of Mesa, AZ passed away Dec. 18, 2015. Philip was born July 31, 1943 in Lakefield, MN to Peter Pletz and Susan (Tkach) Pletz. Philip graduated from South Dakota University in Brookings, SD. He was active in ROTC and enlisted in the army where he proudly served his time in Vietnam. Philip worked in the real estate business for many years in AZ and CA. He loved his Minnesota Vikings (Die Hard Fan), golf and had been active in Ducks Unlimited and Anglers United.

Philip was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Paul and Peter, and his sister Pauline. He is survived by his wife Charlene, daughters Kellie Keel and Darla Holt (David), 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and his sisters Patricia (Roy) Bieber and Philomine Frantsen.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 28th at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 2121 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ. In lieu of flowers please donate to https://azkidney.org or http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.




  • Gary & Suzanne Laib-Poynette, WI

    Our deepest sympathy for a former roommate at SDSU. Phil was “one-of-a-kind”!

  • So sorry to hear about your Brother, I know the feeling. Makes Christmas so sad. God Bless.

  • My sympathy to you Phyl. I pray His peace surrounds you and strengthens you.

  • Sorry to hear about your brother. You have my deepest sympathy. Blessings to you.

  • Jim & Sheila Christiansen

    May God bless the family of Phil, a wonderful college friend and one who carried the spark of life so well.

  • Prayers and hugs to you and the family!

  • Hope you received my card before you left. You will be in my thoughts during this time of sadness & loss.

  • Debbie Mandt Orton

    So sorry to hear about Philip’s sudden passing. Charlene, Darla and Kellie if you need anything please let me know. Sending you all love, prayers and hugs. RIP Philip–you were a great man who will be missed by many.

  • I am sorry that I wasn’t able to make the service. I send my love and support to Charlene, Phyl, my Mom (Patricia) and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God, we pray that You would minister to all of us that are grieving. That we would know the true meaning of Your peace: “which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Help us Lord, to be blessed with that peace. Amen

  • To the family of Mr. Pletz, I’m very sorry for your loss. It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from Jehovah God’s promises in the Bible. Revelation 21: 3, 4 and John 5: 28, 29 show that there will soon be a time when there will be no more pain, sickness, or death, and we will see our loved ones we have lost again. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  • Georgia Perry wilson

    I am so sorry about Philip’s passing. I know it was some time ago but I just am seeing the obituary .
    I really do not know what to say except to let you know you and Philip will be in my heart and prayers.

  • Sharon M Cooper

    I met Philip in1964. He left such an impression on me that I think of him often. I still have his letters and photos and always will. I was amazed that he was here in Arizona all the time. Fortunate are those who knew him.

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