Gregory S. Platt, 63, of Maui, Hawaii, formerly of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away Sunday,
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June 2, 2019. A funeral mass and luncheon will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.
at St.Theresa Church. Private family inurnment will take place at Rock Island Arsenal National
Cemetery in Rock Island, Illinois.
Gregory was born July 3, 1955, in Rochester, New York, the son of James and Joan (Costello)
Platt. They moved to Clinton, Iowa, in 1958, where Greg attended Sacred Heart Grade School. In
1967, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa. Greg graduated from Dubuque Hempsted High
School, lettering in four sports. He enlisted in the in the United States Navy in 1973 where he
was 1st Mate on the Mississippi River, traveling from New Orleans to St. Paul. Greg moved to
Seaside Oregon in 1979, and worked on the Columbia River from Portland to Lewiston, Idaho
on the Snake River. In 1980, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and worked at Boys Acres (Four
Oaks) as a counselor.
Greg loved the Insurance / Financial Service career and in 1983, he went to work with Life
Investors. Greg went on to work for New York Life Insurance as an agent and manager from
1985 to 1997. He won numerous awards and national recognition as both an agent and a
manager. In 1998, Greg went to work with Principal Financial as a manager, winning company
recognition. In 2005, he moved to Denver, Colorado, and went to work for New England
Financial as a manager. Greg returned to New York Life in 2010, retiring in 2017. Upon retiring
he moved to Hawaii and worked part time with Kansas City Life.
Greg was a member of the St. Theresa Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. His success in
life was due to his passion to help people. Greg did a lot of service work for most of his life. His
greatest joy was spending time with his children and family.
Greg is survived by his two daughters, Kara Marie Platt and Kadi Jo (Ben) Mills; two brothers,
Timothy (Beverly) Platt and Dennis Platt; sister, Mary Kay (Chris) Detweiler; and nieces and
nephews, Sarah Platt, Alex Smith, Addison (Megan) Smith, Annie Detweiler, and Casey(Lucas)
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Joan Platt.
Greg had the best sense of humor, a loving touch, and a sense of charisma that was contagious.
He had the ability and gift to go up to any stranger and strike up a conversation and to be
accepting and loving to all. Greg truly believed that life was about the experiences that we get,
the friendships that are made, and the memories that we get to keep with us forever.
He will be greatly missed by all who had met him.
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