John M. Platter, 62, of Seymour, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018, at his home with his family by his side. He was born March 3, 1955, in Seymour, to the late Orval “Bus” and Mary (Dowd) Platter.
He was raised in North Vernon and graduated from Jennings County High School, class of 1974. While at Jennings County High, he was a member of the Panther Marching Band and played drums. After graduation, he worked for his father at Platter Furniture Store until he joined the Navy in March 1981. While on active duty, John was stationed aboard the USS Independence Air Craft Carrier in the Mediterranean. He was awarded Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Ribbon and Battle “E” Ribbon. He was honorably discharged in April 1986.
John lived in Phoenix, AZ after discharge from the Navy until March of 1999 when he moved to Seymour. He then went to work at Carrico Furniture Store in Columbus. On July 3, 1999, he married Shannon Simmons, she survives. John enjoyed detailing cars, yard work and landscaping, wood working, home repairs drawing, playing drums, watching his favorite sporting teams including IU Basketball and Football, Colts, Pacers and NASCAR. John was a master of silly sounds and mimicking voices such as Donald Duck. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, cooking out, and serving his country.
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years, Shannon Platter; and step-daughter, Whitney (David) Malone; and mother-in-law, Bea Simmons. He loved his pets, an American Bulldog Shorty and Siamese cat Dakota.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, Joseph Simmons.
Funeral services will be at Voss & Sons Funeral Service at 10:00 am, on Monday, January 22, 2018, with Rev. Jeff Hood officiating.
Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Sunday from 2 to 5 pm and on Monday After 9 am until time of service. A flag and taps presentation will follow the service to honor John’s years of service and dedication for our country.
Memorials may be written to Kindred Hospice, Red Sky Rescue, Humane Society, Centerstone CARES of Jackson County or Charity of Choice, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com