Martin “Marty” Plaude, 78, of Park Rapids, MN passed away unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, September 28, 2019.
Martin was born on August 4, 1941 in Saldus, Latvia to Gaston and Vilma (Mesoks) Plaude.
In 1944 Martin and his family were living on their farm when the Russian and German armies were fighting in Latvia. When the front line fighting took place only four miles from their home, they took what they could carry and travelled down the Baltic Sea to Koningsberg, Germany. From there they were sent by the Germans to a transient camp in southern Poland and later to other transient camps in Germany and Czechoslovakia.
in 1945 all nearby displaced persons were brought to Hamburg, Germany where Martin and his family spent the next four years as displaced persons.
With the help from the Lutheran World Federation, Martin and his family left Germany on November 19, 1949 and boarded the U.S. Army Transport Ship with 1,313 other displaced persons and sailed the North Atlantic to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving in the United States on December 2, 1949. From there they travelled by train to Chicago, IL and on to Delmar, IA where they were met by a host family who provided them a home and a job on their farm.
Martin graduated from Goose Lake High School (IA) in 1960. He attended the University of Iowa and received a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1965 and began working for 3M in St. Paul, MN and later in Hutchinson, MN.
He was drafted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and spent his tour of duty at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Arizona. After his tour, he returned to his job at 3M where he worked for 34 years. He retired in 1999 and moved to the Park Rapids, MN area where he enjoyed his time fishing and hunting.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Richard H. Lundgren. He is survived by his son, Krisjanis “Jan” Plaude his wife, Candace of Maple Grove, MN; two grandchildren, Reese and Garrett; his sister Mara Lundgren of Park Rapids; two nieces, Kristine (Stephan) Tost of Concord, NC and Maija (Cary) Nack of Bakersfield, CA; and six great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at Calvary Lutheran Church (112 South Park Ave. Park Rapids, MN) with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Friends may leave online condolences at ceasefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids, MN.