Charles Ray Pfluger, 84, of Eldorado, TX passed away February 12, 2014 at home. He was born August 8, 1929 in Eden, TX to Melvin Ray and Francis Melinda Lubke Pfluger.
Charles Ray attended elementary school through 7th grade in the little community of Liveoak, 10 miles southwest of Eden. His first two years of high school he went to Eden and then finished in Menard.
In 1949 when the Korean War began, Charles Ray was one of the first called to serve. After he got out of the service, he went to work for his uncle, Emmett Pfluger, who leased 15,000 acres of the Fort Terrett Ranch on the banks of the North Llano River in Sutton County.
In 1955 Charles Ray married Pat Price, his lifelong love, friend and partner. Together they raised four daughters, instilling in them a strong Christian faith. Pat taught the girls how to be ladies and Charles Ray taught them to work as hard as any man.
Charles Ray worked for his uncle for 6 years and then in 1957, he leased and operated both the Bacon Ranch and the neighboring Forrest Weldon Ranch for a total of 16,000 acres in Edwards County. The pastures were immense and land was so rough, a vehicle couldn’t travel over the majority of the ranch. Mules were used to gather the goats, which took three weeks, and then the remnants had to be found. The rugged terrain of the ranch was a man killer to manage. While enduring the hardships the ranch dealt him, his dream continued to be to own a little piece of land and to leave it better than he found it. In 1973, Charles Ray bought the Duncan Ranch in Schleicher County just north of Eldorado, where he and Pat still ranch forty-one years later.
Charles Ray’s excellent management skills, passion and persistence in finishing a project, along with lots of hard work, has made him a major contributor to the Angora goat mohair industry for the past sixty-three years. While he started out with nothing – no land or money, but with much ambition and faith, he persevered. Today he is often credited by his peers as having one of the best commercial Angora goat herds around. He didn’t necessarily like Angora goats better than any other class of livestock, but he kept them all these years simply because they allowed him to pay the bills.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Pfluger of Eldorado; four daughters, Claire Powell and husband Johnny of Eldorado, Sharon Holman and husband Jimmy of Sonora, Lisa Craven and husband Lowry of White Oak, and Diane Jacoby and husband Scott of Sonora; nine grandchildren include Marty and Megan Powell, Marilyn and Mark Holman, Madlyn Craven Lackey and husband Willum, Clay and Natalie Craven, Jason Jacoby, and Tom Jacoby and wife Kacci; two great-grandchildren Gage and Levi Jacoby; brother and sister-in-law Don and Joann Pfluger of Eden.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the excellent and loving care that was given to Charles Ray by: Anna Fitzgerald LVN, Vicki Childress RN, Rose Marie Romero CNA, Carlos Cantu – Chaplain, and Mary Leigh Dunnigan.
A memorial service will be held Friday, February 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM, at The First Presbyterian Church in Eldorado, TX.
The family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church of Eldorado.