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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4 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.

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