Charles Albert Plucar

Charles Albert Plucar

Death Jun 1977 (aged 74)
Burial Luzerne, Benton County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 77772701 · View Source
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Charles "Charlie" Albert Plucar, 74, was found dead by his nephew Cecil Gilbert and a long-time friend, H.H. Dodd, at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 1977 at his rural home between Luzerne and Blairstown in south central Benton County, Iowa.

Charlie was lying face-down in his kitchen. His hands were tied behind his back with twisted cloth and he was shot twice execution style in the back of the head with a small caliber weapon. His home and a work shed, where he stored his tools, had been ransacked.

Plucar spent his life working for farmers in the area — sharpening saws, fixing farm implements, and doing odd jobs like painting. The people who employed him considered him the best carpenter in the area. He lived frugally and without running water and his only pastime was talking with friends and neighbors. Everyone knew him as hard-working and happy-go-lucky.

Robbery was believed to be the motive for the murder but it was unknown what, if anything, was taken. His nephew told a newspaper, "An old man living there by himself . . . somebody thought he had money, but he never had no electricity, no telephone. I tell you, he lived cheap."

Benton County Sheriff Kenneth Popenhagen and an agent from the Iowa Bureau of Criminal Investigation worked the case.
Courtesy photo Cedar Rapids Gazette Benton County Sheriff Kenneth Popenhagen assists in removing Plucar's body from the house.
Mrs. Anton Straka, a neighbor who could see Charlie's house from her porch, told a reporter, "We all feel like a barn fell on us. He was a good man. He didn't bother nobody."

Charles Albert Plucar was born January 31, 1903 in Benton County, Iowa, to Anna Netolicky and John Plucar. His father was a native of Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), as was his maternal grandfather. He had four siblings: Tillie Plucar Gilbert, Joseph Louis Plucar, Milo John Plucar, and Bessie G. Plucar.

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