Alfred William Platte Jr.

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

Dec. 23, 1923 – Sept. 7, 2011

BATON ROUGE — Services for Alfred William Platte Jr., 87, a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, who died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, after a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease, will be at 3 p.m. today at University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge.

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Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Mr. Platte was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Vicksburg, the son of Alfred Sr. and Laura Platte. At age 1 his family moved to Natchez where he grew up and graduated from Natchez High School. He attended Louisiana State University before serving for three years with the combat engineers 99th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served as an instructor in the Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Okla., during the Korean War.

Mr. Platte began his career as an accountant for the East Baton Rouge Parish Airport Commission. He later went into private practice as a certified public accountant where he served his clients with great skill, devotion and integrity. Toward the end of this career, he served as assistant treasurer of Audubon Insurance Company.

Among the number of contributions to the community were serving as president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Society of Certified Public Accounts and as treasurer, deacon and trustee for University Baptist Church. He also served as an assistant Scoutmaster of the Boy Scout Troop at University Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Philemon Thomas Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sigma Chi Fraternity and an inductee of the LSU “Cadets of the Old War School.” He also received the Senior Adult “PAR BAR” Service Award at University Baptist Church.

He married his college sweetheart, Frankie Broome Platte, in Springhill, La., on Feb. 19, 1949, and were the parents of two children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Claude Alfred Platte; one brother, Eugene Platte; and one granddaughter, Melissa Caroline Schuitheis.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Aimee Platte Schuitheis and husband, Stephen, of Sugar Land, Texas; four grandchildren, Barton Platte and Michael Platte, both of Baton Rouge, and Laura and Richard Schuitheis of Sugar Land.

Pallbearers will be Barton and Michael Platte and Stephen and Richard Schuitheis.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Andrew Sunday School Class of University Baptist Church.

All Sigma Chi fraternity brothers are cordially invited to attend and take part in the White Rose ceremony.

The family wishes to express their appreciation of the staff at the Health and Wellness Center at St. James Place and Baton Rouge Hospice for the special care they gave Mr. Platte during his stay there.

Donations may be made to “Young At Heart” at University Baptist Church, 203 Leeward Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to a charity of choice.