Charles Plank, 76, of Columbus Junction, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Colonial Manor in Columbus Junction after a brief illness with cancer. Funeral services were held July 27 at Columbus Junction United Methodist Church. Pastor Al Coffin officiated. Burial was in the Columbus City Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Columbus Community School FFA Scholarship Program or the Iowa State University Ag Scholarship Foundation in memory of Chuck.
Sympathy notes may be left to the family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.
He was the founder of Plank Implement in Columbus City, in 1963 and over the years sold several brands of farm equipment and provided service to those machines. In 2009, he sold the business to Bennett Farm Equipment and it became Plank Equipment. Chuck remained on the job as sales person until June of this year. He was a widely known and respected businessman during these 50 years.
Charles Edward Plank was born April 21, 1937, in Manchester, the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Childs) Plank. He spent his childhood on the family farm in Quasqueton. He graduated from Iowa State College in 1959 and worked for International Harvester as a credit representative until going into business for himself. He married Connie Scotton and they reared three children in Columbus Junction. Jodie (Ben) Morin; Shawn (Susan) Patterson; and Andrew (Susan) Boyngton. There are six grandchildren.
He is survived by his grandchildren, Emma and Kate Morin of Storm Lake, Sam and Tom Plank of Urbandale and Zachary and Brennan Plank of North Liberty; one brother, LeRoy (Vicki) Plank of West Des Moines; and sister-in-law, Bonnie (Birger) Vaage of Heggedal, Norway.