Henry Thomas Pliner
November 19, 1917 - March 2, 2020

Henry Thomas Pliner

Henry Thomas Pliner
Nov 19, 1917 - Mar 2, 2020

Henry Thomas Pliner
Iframe toggler
Find Us On Facebook
Send Sympathy Gifts
Plan Ahead

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. 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.


Larry Ayala on Mar 24, 2020

CandleHenry was such a kind man. He was a neighbor to my parents John and Leona Ayala , He and his wife attended many of my parents NewYears eve dance’s. He really enjoyed them .My condolence to his family and friends

Donna Sprague on Mar 24, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My father Merle Freund also graduated from Otho in 1936.



Add a photo

The services for Henry have not yet been added. Please sign up below to be notified when the services are ready.

Get Notified When a Service is Added

Have a floral question? Call +1 888-640-1035

Healing Registry Unavailable at the Moment!


Product Name




Your Shopping Cart is Empty

Jane Doe ×

What's your email address?

What Would You Like Written on the Card?

Choose a Delivery Date

* Note: Flower deliveries are limited to the highlighted delivery dates. Sunday deliveries are not available for flowers. We will try and accommodate early morning deliveries for the next business day but early morning delivery cannot be guaranteed if the order was placed late in the day.

Where Would You Like To Deliver To


No obituaries found

Product Details


Product Name



Iframe toggler
Find Us On Facebook
Send Sympathy Gifts
Plan Ahead
Henry Thomas Pliner

Sign in to add your memory

Login with Facebook

We will never post without permission

Just for verification: we never spam!

Henry Thomas Pliner

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Henry Thomas Pliner

Add to Your Calendar

Henry Thomas Pliner

Obit Checkin

Henry Thomas Pliner

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Henry Thomas Pliner

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Henry Thomas Pliner

Get Updates - SMS notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Henry

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Send Flowers Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Henry leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook