Henry T. Pliner

Henry T. Pliner

Henry Thomas Pliner, age 102, of Dubuque, Iowa, and formerly of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was called home peacefully at 4:55 a.m., on Monday, March 2, 2020 at ManorCare. Because of the unprecedented conditions in our country right now due to the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street. The family will thankfully receive your support through phone calls, greeting cards and online condolences left at www.behrfuneralhome.com. Burial will be in Corpus Christi Cemetery, Fort Dodge, Iowa, at a later date.

Henry was born on November 19, 1917, in Moorland, Iowa, son of James and Rose (Fiala) Pliner.

Henry graduated from Otho High School, in Otho, Iowa, Class of 1936. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day after Pearl Harbor was hit, and served on the USS Cecil J. Doyle, helping to rescue the survivors of the USS Indianapolis after it was sunk by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine on July 29, 1945. Henry married Helen M. Pessica in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 11, 1943. They would spend 38 years together, and have 2 children, before she was sadly called home before Henry on April 6, 1982. Henry was a dedicated employee who was a sales department manager for Sears in Fort Dodge, Iowa, for 30 years until his retirement in 1982. He was very active in his communities and was a member of Sacred Heart Church and the Knights of Columbus. He also was a Founding Member of Czech Heritage Group, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and The American Legion Dubuque Post 6. Henry was fortunate enough to find love once again and married Marion (Martin) Tharp on December 1, 1986, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. They have been truly blessed with 33 wonderful years together, and countless memories made. We will truly miss Henry here on this Earth with us, and are extremely grateful for the 102 years he had here, definitely making this world a better place!

Those left to cherish Henry’s memory include

his wife,
Marion Pliner, Dubuque, IA;

his children,
Carol (Howard) Wallace, South Bend, IN
and Charles Pliner, Woodbury, MN;

several nieces and nephews;

Marion’s children,
John (Kathy Steil) Tharp, Dubuque, IA,
Michael (Po) Tharp, Apple Valley, MN
and David (Cari) Tharp, Dubuque, IA;

his grandchildren,
Austin, Sara, Trevor and Isabelle Tharp;

his brothers-in-law,
Dr. David (Linda) Martin, Madison, WI
and Jim Martin, Dubuque, IA.

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother Frances (Machovec) Pliner; his first wife, Helen Pliner; his brothers, Raymond and Bernard; and his step-sisters Violet Odgers, Lillian Hill and Clara O’Brien.

Henry’s family would like to thank the medical community of Dubuque, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Caceres, Hospice of Dubuque nurse Kelli, and the ManorCare staff, residents and volunteers, whom Marion and Henry have come to love and appreciate.

Memorials will be accepted by the family to be donated to Hospice of Dubuque.


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5 condolences for Henry T. Pliner
  1. Connie Wagner says:

    I enjoyed talking to Henry and Marion when they were at the Jo. He was a very nice man. You have my deepest sympathy Marion, John and your families.

  2. Dawn DeMaio says:

    Marion, John & family, you have my sympathies for your loss of Henry. It was always a pleasure waiting on you all years ago at Eichmans on Tuesday nights and it was an honor to have been invited to celebrate his 100th birthday with him! You are all in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  3. Tim Griebel says:

    John and family…Keeping you in our thoughts and prayer, may the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through this tough time. My most sincere condolences.

  4. Molly Horsfield says:

    Marion and family I’m so sorry for the loss of Henry. He was such a joy to be around when I worked at Manor Care. He will be truly missed by everyone. My heart is broken I didn’t get to see him one last time and think of him often. You have my deepest sympathies.

  5. Dennis Morrell says:

    Although I never had the good fortune of meeting Henry, I learned very much about him by working with his son for a few years. I’ve been fortunate to maintain a treasured friendship with Chuck since that time when we were co-workers. Chuck always kept me updated on what was going on with his Dad and I looked forward to the update every time we spoke. I particularly enjoyed hearing Chuck’s excitement in talking about the new things going on with his Dad, too. There are few genuine emotions better than when a son talks glowingly about the love he has for his father. It just so naturally is conveyed through tone, words and body language. I remember one time we were on our way to dinner when Chuck stopped to buy some denim jeans for his Dad, seemed he could only find a particular style Henry liked in Minneapolis. It’s the little things in life. There seemed to always be a fun story Chuck would tell me about his Dad and it was heartwarming to witness a son’s love for his father. I remain fortunate to enjoy that same relationship with my Dad. It is so special. It seems, too, with respect to Henry, that the qualities he possessed were passed straight down to Chuck, perhaps a big reason why he is such a likable and respected fellow. In many ways, even without meeting Henry, through these familial dynamics, I did know him. Thanks for sharing the stories about him with me and others. 102 years is a very long time to enjoy life and if there is any sadness in Henry’s passing, it must only be because there won’t be an opportunity to generate more memories. But what wonderful and many memories were packed into 102 years of life, the content with which can be carried on to support his legacy and carry it forward. Undoubtedly, he is in heaven where believers who put their faith in Christ go to spend eternity. What a great story Henry’s life represents, every single word and moment of it.

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