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Mark Placke, 39

Mark Placke

Golfer, brother, son, grandson, nephew, uncle, friend- Mark Placke, 39, formerly of Woodbury, Minn., died unexpectedly May 4, 2010, at his home in Grand Island, Neb.

Always athletic, he grew up playing golf with his dad and grandparents in Nebraska and cultivated his natural talent for the game after moving with his mother and stepfather to Woodbury in 1981. He graduated from Woodbury High in 1988, where he was a captain of the golf team and was an all-conference selection in golf. He attended St. Cloud State University briefly before enrolling at San Diego Golf Academy, graduating in 1991. He worked for several years as an assistant club pro at golf courses in Minnesota and then Omaha, Alliance and Ashland, Neb. After leaving golf as a career, he worked at Swift & Co. in Grand Island, where he became a mid-level supervisor. Mark was considered an excellent golf teacher and was a volunteer golf instructor to young people in Grand Island.

Survivors include his brother, Jon (Milena) of Grand Island; mother and stepfather, Kay and Gary Harvey of Woodbury; grandparents, George and Delores Person of Grand Island and Ruth Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.; uncles, Arnold (Dara) Placke of Grand Island, Francis (Shari) Placke of Superior, Neb., Michael (Cindy) Johnson of Grand Island and Tom (Margie) Johnson of Tucson; aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces, including Alyssa, Sarah and Sessahly Tietjens of Woodbury.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Placke.

A memorial service was conducted in Grand Island.