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Jerry Alan Pletting

January 2, 1950 ~ March 15, 2022 (age 72)


Jerry A. Pletting, 72, of La Porte, passed away on March 15 after a month-long battle with COVID-19.

The second of six children by Henry Pletting and Olga (Larson) Pearson, Jerry was born and grew up in Downers Grove, IL. After high school, he worked several professions, including auto repair and restaurant management, before becoming the preeminent water-well driller of the State of Colorado throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s. But what he was arguably best known for were his music talents. Self-taught on guitar and piano, Jerry could pick up almost any instrument and play a song by ear. He spent a lifetime loving rock and roll, most of all Paul McCartney, ABBA, Burton Cummings, Queen, The Who, and Dire Straits.

Jerry was survived by his children, Lynn Thorne and Josh Pletting; his grandchildren, Joseph and Jojo; as well as four of his siblings: Eric (Claudia) Pletting, Laurie (Mark) Swartwout, Greg Pletting, and Barbara (Abdulhamid) Ali. Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, Steven.

A private celebration of Jerry’s life will be planned at future date.


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