OBITUARY

James "Jim" G. Platis

March 23, 1927April 27, 2021

James G. Platis, 94, of Schererville, IN., passed away on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Munster, IN.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Mary Lou (Campbell) Platis, two nieces through marriage, Deanna Samson, Donna (Roger) Limbach, and one great niece through marriage Sarah Limbach.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mira, his beloved brother Chris, and his two sisters Mary and Bea.

Jim was raised in the "Harbor" side of East Chicago, Indiana attending Riley Elementary and Washington High School. After graduating in 1945 he proudly served his country during WWII. After the war was over he and his brother Chris continued their illustrious career in baseball and Indiana University in Bloomington. He and his brother Chris helped bring Indiana University their first Big Ten Baseball Championship.

After graduation from I.U. He returned to his hometown and started a teaching career of 40 years beginning at Riley School, then Washington High School, and ending at Block Jr. High. While at Block he started an Indoor floor hockey program that included over 500 boy over the years. TWA Came to East Chicago and took pictures and wrote a story about the program that was featured in their airline magazine that went all over the world.

During his teaching career he played and starred for the famous Sam and Henry Indians semi-pro baseball team for over 40 years.

His proudest achievement though as founding the East Chicago, Indiana Sports Hall of Fame which is housed in the John Baratto Athletic Complex at East Chicago Central High School. In it are pictures and bios. Of hundreds of great athletes who have starred in their respective sports at the high school, college, and professional level.

After he retired from teaching he began an illustrious career in Masters Track and Field. He amassed over 400 medals over 20 years. He and his wife, Mary Lou were chosen to carry the INDIANA banner into the Orange Bowl at the 1999 National Senior Games in Orlando, Florida.

Jim was honored for all his accomplishments in the Marquis Who's Who in America and the World, he was a member of the WHS Alumni Association, a member of the I Men's Club of Indiana University, a charter member of the WWII Museum, a 50 year member of the NABC, an honorary member of the Illinois VFW, a member of Post78 when Walter Matusik was the commander.

Jim's favorite past time was enjoying a good cigar and golfing with his buddies John Molodet, Bill Holzbach, Richard Rucoba, and of course brother Chris.

As per his wishes graveside services are private. Pastor Linda Skaggs will be officiating. Jim loved all animals especially cats. Donations in his memory may be directed to - Humane Indiana - 421 45ht St. Munster, IN 46375.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ChapelLawnFunerals.com for the Platis family.

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Dean Sangalis

May 4, 2021

Mary Lou and family-
Very sorry to read of Jim's passing. He was an extraordinary individual and a credit to East Chicago, where we both were raised.
May your faith, family, friends and memories give you comfort, peace and love.
In deepest sympathy-
Dean Sangalis

Joseph Prieboy

May 3, 2021

I would like to share my deepest sympathy at Jim’s passing with his wife and family. Through Jim’s amazing drive, positive spirit and mastery of the game, he inspired kids like me and countless East Chicagoans to strive for excellence in everything we set out to accomplish in life. He was a dear and loyal friend to all those who were lucky enough to know him. He and his brother Chris have earned a well deserved and permanent place in the great history of East Chicago, Indiana.

John Evon

May 2, 2021

I had worked with Jim at Block Jr. High from 77-86. Our early morning work outs and talks we had in the Gym were life changing for Me. Jim influenced me to have a better look out on Life though Health and Weight Training that has been with Me for over 45 years. He’d always reminded me in his unique voice “John just stay active and healthy you can live to 100 “ well Jim you almost got there, so Thanks Coach Platis for being an Awesome Mentor and Friend. RIP Jim and Chris together again!

Sandi DeVries

May 2, 2021

Jim will be missed. I knew him through the ECWHSAA and enjoyed his colorful stories. He was blessed to live a long and interesting life. He loved animals, especially his cats. And I will never forget what he told me about pets. It was a comfort when I lost kitties of my own. Rest in peace Jim. See you on the other side.

Joseph Stankovich, Sr.

May 2, 2021

Dear Mary Lou,

Ana and I share our deepest sympathy at Jim's passing.

His legacy to our nation, the children, parents, and great athletes of
East Chicago speaks for itself.

Going forward, we will remember Jim in our prayers.

Sincerely,
Joseph Stankovich, Sr.

Sandi Radoja

May 2, 2021

Mary Lou, Please accept my deepest sympathy. You were a devoted wife and life partner to Jim. Cherish the great memories. I wish you strength in this difficult time.

Carlos Alberto Rentas

April 30, 2021

Rest in Peace Coach Platis. You were a great coach, teacher and mentor to those of us who had the honor and privilege of having attended your classes, participated in your sporting events, or competing through your coaching. You were tough, but tough with the purpose of helping us become well rounded men. You brought deck hockey to hundreds of kids in Indiana Harbor who had no interest in any sport resembling hockey, and yet through you we learned to love the sport and the intense competition that came with it. From one combat veteran to another....Mission accomplished Soldier! Rest in Peace along with your loved ones who passed before you.

Alice Kennedy Jones

April 30, 2021

I remember Mr.Platis at Field School when he would stand at the door with his paddle to get you when you were late. Mr.Platis didn’t tolerate any acting up in his class. RIP and take your rest. It was good knowing you and being a student in your class. Your were truly blessed to get to your age.

John Dull

April 30, 2021

There is not enough space to thank Jim for what he did for Washington High School, Indiana Harbor, and East Chicago! He clearly made his “mark” which no one can duplicate!

Fontini Moore

April 29, 2021

Mr. Platis was my 7th grade gym teacher at Block Jr. High. We budded heads when we first met as he had a strong Greek personality and so did I. Lol I couldn’t believe he was married to my ALL time favorite elementary gym teacher, Mrs. Platis!! Our Greek heritage was our common denominator that we built a great student/relationship. I loved his class. Then I knew why they were married! He took everything to the next level. I could hear his stern voice, “Prokopos, do you have to be so loud?” Lol He has forever touched so many peoples lives especially young students. Such a great role model. What a beautiful legacy he is leaving behind. He will never be forgotten. May his memory be eternal. Love you Mrs Platis...hugs.

FROM THE FAMILY