Edwin Plantage Sr., 1928-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Funeral services for Edwin Plantage Sr., 90, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Eileen Woyen will officiate. Interment will be at Hayward Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by local veteran organizations. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.

Edwin Plantage Sr.

Ed died Monday, April 29, 2019, at his home.

Edwin Plantage was born May 21, 1928, in Ashton, Iowa, the son of Gerrit and Jennie (Pater) Plantage. At the age of 5, the family moved to a farm near Sargeant. He attended a rural school by Sargeant.

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On Aug. 6, 1952, Ed was united in marriage to Virginia Mae Westland at Hayward Lutheran Church. He served in the Army-Air Force and the Air Force Reserves for 24 years, including time in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Panama, Germany, England and Italy.

Ed was a truck driver and worked at RILCO, which later became Weyerhaeuser. He, along with nine other employees, then bought the business and reopened it as Alamco Wood Products. Ed was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church along with the American Legion Post 56, National Rifle Association and National Reamer Collectors Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visits to Branson, Molly B. Polka Party, carving, tinkering in the garage, collecting reamers and feeding the birds. Ed loved visiting with the kids and grandkids and watching old Western movies.

In his healthier days Ed enjoyed helping his kids with their projects, like building a home or adding an addition to an existing one.

Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years, Virginia; children Ed (Gwen) Plantage Jr., James (Joan) Plantage and Valerie (Neil) Heide; grandchildren Brandon (Naara) Plantage, Brooke Plantage (Percy), Brianne Plantage (Kevin), Brady Plantage (Rachel), Darcy (Joe) Broerman, Gerrit (Cassie) Plantage, Ahna (Rico) Roddy, Holly (Tim) Raatz, Christopher Mowers (Shelby) and Chelsie (Brandon) Johnson; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Julia Schlichting; brothers and sisters-in-law Paul and Min Westland, Ramona Bentzen, Janet and Ted Thorson, Doris Sletten and Dale and Millie Westland; and several nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Gerrit and Jennie Plantage; mother and father-in-law Thorvald and Valborg (Selstad) Westland; sister and brother-in-law Elsie and Dean Schultheis; brothers-in-law Don Schlichting, Ray Bentzen and Milt Sletten; grandson, Brett Plantage; and nephews Roger and Gary Schultheis.