Thomas Peter Platz

Thomas Peter Platz age 82, of Springfield, MN and formerly of Sanborn, MN died on July 7, 2024, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 11, 2024, from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm and will continue on Friday from 9:30 am until 10:30 am at the Sanborn Community Center. Service will be held at the Sanborn Community Center on Friday, July 12, 2024 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Chaplain Noel Wetter. Interment will be at the Sanborn City Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Thomas Peter Platz was born on April 3, 1942, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schunk) Platz in Springfield. He graduated from Springfield High School and San Mateo College. On October 2, 1966, Tom was united in marriage to Jerilyn Vacek in Glencoe. After their marriage, the couple lived in California for 14 years where he worked in the aero space field and then they moved back to Minnesota in 1977. For 33 years, they owned and operated Tom and Jerry’s Corner Bar in Sanborn from 1977-2010. Tom also owned and operated Tom’s Rope and Spur. Tom enjoyed golfing, playing poker, fishing, shooting pool, and politics. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and following their activities. He was past president of the Sanborn Golf Club, served on the board of directors of the Minnesota License Beverage Association, Sanborn Community Club, and Redwood County Liquor Association, and was member of the Springfield American Legion.

He is survived by his wife Jeri of Springfield; children Debbie (Chris) Perry of Rancho Murieta, CA and Heidi (Steve) Wersal of Sanborn; grandchildren – Lexi and Ali Perry and Cody and Callie Wersal; and siblings -Jim (Judy) Platz of Hudson, WI, Bernard Platz of Webster, SD, and Patrick (Debbie) Platz of Sparks, NV; a brother-in-law – Larry Sell; and sisters-in-law – Joyce Platz and Janet Platz. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Kenneth and Joe; sisters – Dorris (Ray) Goettig, Rosalyn Sell, Marjorie (LeRoy) Boklep, Marion (Leonard) Roiger, and Elizabeth (Cal) Bolinder; and a brother and sister in infancy.