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Thomas "Tom" N. Plath

September 22, 1936 October 14, 2018
Thomas "Tom" N.  Plath
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Obituary for Thomas "Tom" N. Plath

Thomas “Tom” Norman Plath, 82, of Iowa City, died on October 14 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics surrounded by his family.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10am, Thursday, October 18 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Wednesday, October 17 at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City where a rosary will be recited at 4pm. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be sent to Camp Courageous.

Tom was born on September 22, 1936 in Newell, Iowa, son of Norman and Bernice. He graduated from Anamosa Community Schools in 1955. He married Janice Ann Houser on August 9, 1958 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Anamosa, IA and recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

He retired on March 1, 1986 after 30 years with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.
He was a former president of the Iowa City Telephone Pioneers, past board and member of the Iowa City Home Builders Association, and Sunrise Optimist Club. Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, volunteered at Mercy Hospital with over 3000 hours of service, and was an avid Hawkeye fan.

Whenever asked about his health, Tom’s standard answer would be “Just ducky.”
Tom adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Ann; his children: Randy (Debbie) Plath of Phoenix, AZ, Pamela (Kirk) Emerson of Anamosa, IA and daughter-in-law Debra Plath of Iowa City, IA; seven grandchildren: Danielle, Shanna, Stacey, Tanya, Michael, Cody and Mark; nine great-grandchildren: Jaxon, Sam, Alison, Ethan, Kelsi, Layla, Paisley, Hannah, and Deslie; and his brother, Robert Plath.

He is also survived by numerous extended family and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Bernice Plath, son, Todd Plath, sister-in-law, Beverly Plath, and brothers-in-law: Michael Houser, Don Ceynar and Robert Reese.

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4:00 PM 10/17/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/17/2018 7:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





10:00 AM 10/18/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City

228 E. Jefferson Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

St. Mary's Catholic Church -- Iowa City
228 E. Jefferson Street Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

Camp Courageous

P.O. Box 418
Monticello, IA 52310

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