Charles “Chuck” Poettker, the founder of Poettker Construction, died Saturday after he jumped out of the back of a boat in Lake Kentucky in Trigg County, Ky., Around 3 p.m. and did not return. Poettker’s body was found about two hours later, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was 69 years old and lived in O’Fallon, Illinois.
An autopsy will be performed at the Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s office in Madisonville, Kentucky.
Poettker Construction has been in business for over 40 years, according to their website, and has offices in Breese, Illinois and Charlotte, North Carolina. Poettker’s four children work for the company. Poettker himself is a veteran and has received the US Bronze Star.
“He was the greatest man I have ever met,” said his son Ryan Poettker. “He served this country, and he basically started his construction business from scratch and built it to the level it is today. He’s a great man.
Poettker grew up as a carpenter, his son said, and has always been there for his children. Poettker owned a boat on Lake Kentucky, the family said. Ryan Poettker said his father’s death was “unexpected” as the elder Poettker was a capable swimmer.
“He taught me everything I know,” said Ryan Poettker.