Herbert “Herb” Ottis Plant


March 28, 1937 - May 4, 2020 

On Monday, May 4, 2020, Herbert “Herb” Ottis Plant, passed away peacefully at the age of 83. The youngest of six children, Herb was born on March 28, 1937, in Sisseton, S.D., to William and Margaret Mae Hammond Plant. He was a graduate of Sisseton High School and married Velva LaDonna Horstman on June 3, 1956, in Sisseton. Herb and Velva raised four sons, Gene, Mark, Terry, and David, and one daughter, Lisa.

Shortly after their union, Herb and Velva moved to Watertown where he began his lifelong career in healthcare, serving as a nurses aide at the local hospital until their move to Sioux Falls in 1957. Herb then worked in the psychiatric unit at McKennan Hospital until they moved to Hot Springs, where he would spend the next 30 years working for the Veteran’s Hospital, starting as a nurses aide and retiring from respiratory care. After retirement they made their final move to Provo.

Easily identified by his luxurious beard, charming smile and easy-going attitude, Herb enjoyed hunting, fishing, teaching his children firearm safety, driving demolition derby cars, and being on the derby pit crews for his children and grandchildren. He also had a soft spot for motorcycles and a dream to cruise the world on his 1977 FLH Harley-Davidson. However, Herb’s fondest passion was for music. He loved playing his drums, traveling near and far so he could jam with his band members and make some noise for all their admirers.

Herb was preceded in death by his son, Terry. He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Velva; four children, Gene Plant (Diane Vanderbeek) of Provo, S.D.; Mark (Norma) Plant of Ferrysburg, Mich.; David (Roxane) Plant of Denver, Colo. and Lisa (Bill) Miller of Hot Springs; nine grandchildren, Diana Plant of Wayland, Mich.; Paul Jachim (Katie Kelch) of Muskegon, Mich.; Billy (Paula) Morrow of Hot Springs; Bobby (Alleyn) Shultz of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Michael (Toria) Plant of Grand Haven, Mich.; Crystal (Daniel) Oldham of Spanaway, Wash.; Marissa Miller of Riverdale, Utah; Dani Miller of Pierre; Sydney Miller of Hot Springs; and his eight great grandchildren, Summer Geldersma of Wayland, Mich.; Logan Geldersma of Wayland, Mich.; Jason Shultz of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; Tyler Morrow of Hot Springs; Austin Oldham of Spanaway, Wash.; Amy and Zoey Plant of Grand Haven, Mich.; and baby boy Shultz due July 2020 of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Herb, adhering to Covid-19 restrictions, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs, S.D.

Funeral services, adhering to Covid-19 restrictions, will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Herb will be laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs. Following the committal service, the family will host a luncheon at Centennial Park.

If you are unable to attend due to Covid-19 restrictions, Herb’s funeral service will be video recorded and posted on his obituary after services are concluded.

A memorial has been established in Herb’s name.  Donations may be sent to Velva Plant, PO Box 8, Provo, S.D. 57735.

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