A Memorial and Celebration of Life service will be held for Jerry Clifford Plattor on Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at the first Presbyterian Church, 4th and Grand Avenue, Artesia, N.M. with Reverend Dan Phelps officiating, assisted by Bishop William Hutchinson.
Jerry died in the loving arms of his wife, Rita Sue (Caudle) Plattor, son J.J., and caretakers at his bedside on June 12, 2017.
Jerry graduated from Artesia High School in 1957. He attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1957 - 1958, Baylor University from 1958 - 1959 and University of New Mexico 1959 - 1960.
Jerry and Rita married June 12, 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in Artesia, N.M. They resided in Roswell, N.M. where Jerry operated "Will Travel Drive-In" until 1963. Moving to Midland, T.X. they opened Cliff's Cafeteria which they operated until September 1964. Upon his father's death they moved to Alamogordo, N.M. to help his mother run their Cliff's Cafeteria. In 1966 they purchased Town House in Artesia and operated it until it was sold December 31, 1986. At that time Jerry attended Denver Floral Design School, graduating top in his class, Jerry and Rita then purchased and remodeled the house at 1010 West Main Street and opened Love Bud Floral and Gifts on March 15, 1987.
Jerry is survived by his wife Rita; daughter Shelly Sue Lachmann and husband Ken and grandson Austin of Cape Coral, F.L.; son Jerry Clifford Plattor Jr. (J.J.) and his wife Kathy and grandsons Jerry Clifford III (J.C.) and wife Brittnie and great-granddaughter Brynn Everly all of Round Rock, T.X., grandson Dustin Plattor and wife Taylor and soon-to-be great-grandson Kase Ryan of Lubbock, T.X., grandson Kyle Plattor of Marietta, G.A.; also foreign exchange student Jonas Plitt of Ashville, N.C. and loving friend Shannon Gomez of Artesia as will as caregivers Helen Aguilar, Karla Guerrero and Norma Renteria.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cliff and Oleta Plattor.
Honorary pallbearers wil be his grandsons J.C., Dustin, Kyle, Austin and Jerry Butts, Bill Gray, Jessie Hilliard and Howard Morton.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M. 88211, Joe Arrington Cancer Center c/o Chorus of Angels, 4101 22nd Place, Lubbock, T.X. 79410, Lakeview Hospice, 1300 N. Canal, Carlsbad, N.M. 88220 or your favorite charity.
Graveside burial will be at 11:00 a.m. at Woodbine Cemetery.
Rita & family,
My heart and prayers are with yall thru this journey. ..Jerry was a pillar of our community in many ways. He was a kind & talented gentleman. Cherish the memories of the good legacy he left behind. Kindest regards....God bless & keep you. .
Jillana Burgess PlummerArtesia, NM
Wishing you peace and comfort during this time of sadness. Thankful for the promise of eternal life and the ability to be reunited with our loved one's in Heaven. Know that we love you and are praying for you today and the days ahead.
Stan & Donna MooreRound Rock, TX
I am so grateful to have known Jerry for so many years. I can say, without a doubt, that he loved his family more than anything in this world. But they loved him as much in return. He was one lucky man. We all benefited from Jerry's artistic abilities, whether it was through his beautiful floral creations or his yummy egg custard and bread pudding from the Townhouse Cafeteria. Good memories go way back. I am grateful to have visited with Jerry as he was fighting this dreadful disease and will treasure that big hug I received the last time I saw him. I felt like he was saying, "It is well with my soul." Love and prayers to you, Rita, JJ and Shelley. God bless you.
LuAnn BeardemphlLubbock, TX
Rita and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry was a good person and friend.
Herschel and Kay Scott
Herschel and Kay ScottPuyallup, WA
Rita & family, please know that we send our love, thoughts and prayers
Ken & Delma
Ken & Delma (Grimlan) IngramArtesia, NM
Each of you are in my heart and prayers. Such a special family! ❤️
Paula MenefeeArtesia, NM
Me deepest condolences. May God bless you and give you strength!
Maggie HerreraLake Arthur, NM