Scot was born August 26, 1961 to Raymond and Ruthann Ploetz at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn and baptized at Bethel United Methodist Church in Mound, Minn. He grew up on Halstead’s Bay and attended Mound public school. He graduated from Minnetonka High school in 1980. Scot’s interest in building brought him to the Alexandria Technical School for Carpentry, which then led him to a career as a finishing carpenter/cabinet maker.
Throughout his short 52 years, he worked at Pratt Homes. His talent and expertise earned him respect among his peers, allowing him to open his own business: Great Scot Custom Woodwork. The last four years, Scot worked at Grand Casino Hinckley as a Security Guard and Slot Technician where he made many friends.
Scot married Julie Peterson at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Northfield, Minn. on Sept. 16, 1989. Their two sons Cody (20) and Conner (11 ½) were the light of Scot’s life and a constant source of pride and joy. Both boys followed their father’s footsteps by becoming Boy Scouts. Particular moments of pride for Scot were watching Cody become an Eagle Scout and being a part of Conner’s Boy Scouts achievements.
As a family they enjoyed camping and outdoor adventures. Many of the fond memories the boys have with Scot are those of fishing, hunting, going to the shooting range and on family tours of parks and historic sites.
His bout with Crohn’s Disease began 24 years ago. He set out to prove the doctors wrong by outliving and thriving beyond his diagnosis. In doing so, he demonstrated incredible strength and endurance that has left an imprint on those that came in contact with him.
Scot died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the J. A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minn..
Scot is survived by wife Julie Ploetz, sons Cody and Conner Ploetz; father Ray (Lynne) Ploetz, of Hanover; mother Ruthann Murray, of Chokio; brothers Alan (Kristin) Ploetz, of Maple Grove, Shad (Rebecca) Murray of International Falls; sisters Meri (Mark) DeCaria, of Ogden, Utah, Katie (Rocque) Sanchez, of Plymouth, Karieann (Kevin) Kubera, of River Falls, Wis.; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law Helen Peterson, of Northfield; brothers-in-law Chris (Marcia) Peterson, Brian (Mary) Peterson, Bruce (Carol) Peterson, all of Northfield; sister-in-law Susan (Chris) Wilberts, of Lauderdale.
Scot is preceded in death by his grandparents Frederick & Mary Hill; Raymond W. Ploetz and Eveland Ploetz.
Reverend Vicki Vander Vegt officiated funeral services for Scot at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City. A 2-hour time of visitation was held Saturday morning, 9 a.m., at church. Music was provided by Marguerite Wegner and Jaime Holmstrom. The interment was in the First Lutheran Cemetery of Rush City. Casket bearers included: Mark DeCaria, Kevin Kubera, Robert Hill, Ricki Rosty Jr., Anders Johnson and Robbie Hill Jr. Honorary casket bearers included the Rush City Lions Club.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers that memorials be directed to the Rush City Lions and Rush City Food Shelf.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service of Rush City, Olson Chapel. www.funeralandcremationservice.com