Benefit planned for family of plane crash victim

A breakfast benefit is being planned for Sunday to help the family of the man who lost his life to a single-engine plane crash on Nov. 28 in rural Clutier.

The breakfast, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Traer Memorial Building in Traer, will benefit the family of Bill Konicek.

Konicek, a resident of Traer, died at the age of 69 and was the pilot of the plane.

Cecilia Podhajsky, a Traer resident who grew up with Konicek, is one of the organizers of the breakfast benefit and wanted to show support for the family.

“Bill was just a fun-loving guy and easy to get along with,” Podhajsky said.

She hopes to have between 350 and 500 people at the benefit, which will feature a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage for a free will offering. Several area grocery stores and banks are helping with donations to the cause.

“We’ve got multiple donors,” Podhajsky said.

A future benefit and auction is being planned for Feb 16 at the Traer Memorial Building for the family of Max Morrison, who was a passenger who was badly burned in the crash that killed Konicek and he remains at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

“We’ll just a have a good breakfast Sunday and enjoy the memory of Bill and we’ll continue to pray for Max,” Podhajsky said.