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Jerry Plattor

A memorial and celebration of life service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at First Presbyterian Church for Jerry Clifford Plattor of Artesia.

Plattor passed away in the loving arms of his wife, Rita Sue Plattor, and son J.J. with caretakers at his bedside Monday, June 12, 2017.

Rev. Dan Phelps will officiate at the services, assisted by Bishop William Hutchinson. Interment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodbine Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons, J.C., Dustin, Kyle, Austin and Jerry Butts, Bill Gray, Jessie Hilliard and Howard Morton.

Jerry graduated from Artesia High School in 1957 and attended New Mexico Military Institute from 1957-58, Baylor University from 1958-59, and the University of New Mexico from 1959-60.

On June 12, 1960, he married Rita Sue Caudle at First Presbyterian Church. They resided in Roswell, where Jerry operated Will Travel Drive-In until 1963.

Moving to Midland, Texas, they opened Cliff’s Cafeteria, which they operated until September 1964. Upon his father’s death, they moved to Alamogordo to help his mother run their Cliff’s Cafeteria. In 1966, they purchased Town House Cafeteria in Artesia and operated it until it was sold Dec. 31, 1986.

At that time, Jerry attended Denver Floral Design School, graduating at the top of his class. Jerry and Rita then purchased and remodeled the house at 1010 W. Main St. and opened Love Bud Floral and Gifts on March 15, 1987.

Survivors include his wife, Rita; daughter Shelly Sue Lachmann, husband Ken, and grandson Austin of Cape Coral, Fla.; son Jerry Clifford “J.J.” Plattor Jr., wife Kathy, grandson Jerry Clifford “J.C.” Plattor III and wife Brittnie, and great-granddaughter Brynn Everly, all of Round Rock, Texas; grandsons Dustin Plattor, wife Taylor, and soon-to-be great-grandson Kase Ryan of Lubbock, Texas, and Kyle Plattor of Marietta, Ga.; foreign exchange student Jonas Plitt of Ashville, N.C.; loving friend Shannon Gomez of Artesia; and caregivers Helen Aguilar, Karla Guerrero and Norma Renteria.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cliff and Oleta Plattor.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1492, Artesia, N.M., 88211-1492; Joe Arrington Cancer Center, c/o Chorus of Angels, 4101 22nd Place, Lubbock, TX, 79410; Lakeview Hospice, 1300 N. Canal St., Carlsbad, N.M., 88220; or a favorite charity.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.