Harry Pleshek

Harry Pleshek, the son of Joseph Patrick Pleshek and Fern Mason Pleshek died in the early morning hours of January 23, near his home in Mims, Florida.

A memorial service will held at 3:00 p.m. on May 23, the First United Methodist Church in Scranton with Pastor Joyce Webb officiating.     Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Organist for the service will be Karen Murphy and soloist will be Chad Stevens. A private family interment will be held at the Scranton Township Cemetery prior to the memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Scranton, and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Harry was born December 17, 1932 in Ames, IA. He is survived by his wife LuEtta M. Pleshek, brothers Phillip and Richard Pleshek, children Brent Pleshek and Lisa McClintock, step-daughters Barbara Elser and Jami Leiting, and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters Nadine Markley, Patricia Boles, and Kay Tasler and his parents Joseph and Fern.

Harry had a full and rewarding 82 years of life. He graduated from high school in Scranton. He was honorably discharged from the US Navy in November 20 1952. He joined the Air Force November 21, 1952 and was honorably discharged November 20, 1956. While in the service he served during the Korean War and on January 15 of 1957 was awarded the Commendation Ribbon for Meritorious Achievement. He received this prestigious award for flying through dangerous weather conditions to deliver critical medical supplies to help save the life of an officer at a remote Air Force Base in Alaska.

Harry’s expertise lay within the aerospace and nuclear industries. He worked for General Electric for 20 years working on the Minuteman Missile program. Some of his most notable achievements were working on the F100 fighter aircraft, X15 experimental rocket powered aircraft, along with jet engine and satellite testing. Harry also enjoyed working on and modifying cars in his spare time. In retirement Harry enjoyed flying his ultralight aircraft in the skies over Florida. His many years in the aviation and aerospace industry along with his hobby of restoring antique tube radios until his death are a testament to his incredible mind that never abandoned him.

Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home, 712-792-3561.
 

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