Roy was born on April 27, 1921 to John and Martha (Gluba) Poltiske in Leaf Mountain Township, Otter Tail Co, MN. Roy attended a one room schoolhouse (which still stands today) in rural Urbank. He spoke fondly of his childhood and life on the farm with his family. He shared many stories with his children and grandchildren. Roy joined the Army in May of 1944 and served until his discharge in April of 1946. He was a Technician 5th Grade with the 592 Engineers Boat & Shore Regiment. He received several medals and fought in the Pacific Theatre, receiving the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. On June 30, 1953 Roy married Lucille Alice Berglund at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks, MN. They moved to Minneapolis and raised a family. Roy was a machinist by trade and after 27 years with Napco of the Dana Corp he retired in 1983. He was a member of the United Auto Workers.
Roy enjoyed many things in life such as fishing, gardening, traveling and taking walks at the park with his grandchildren to feed the ducks. His children especially enjoyed when he took them fishing on the pontoon. There'd be Roy, one uncle
and ten kids. Roy's job was to keep worms on all of the hooks. Roy kept busy in the garden tending his Morning Glories and cherry tomatoes. He took many road trips with family, friends and relatives. He truly enjoyed going back home to Urbank and to the old farmstead to visit and reminisce.
Roy Poltiske, age 91 of Zimmerman, MN passed away on Monday, May 7 at the Elim Nursing Home in Princeton, MN.
Roy is preceded by his parents, his wife, Lucille (Dec. 2003) and seven siblings. He is survived by his six children, Marlene (Jack) Martin of Nelson, WI, Dorothea Poltiske of Zimmerman, Candace Poltiske of Princeton, Wayne (Barb Murphy) Poltiske of Zimmerman, Beverly Poltiske of St. Cloud, Alice (Wayne) Witry of Monticello; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Walter Poltiske of Robbinsdale; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 am at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank. Interment was at the Sacred Heart cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne & Nathan Poltiske, Jack Martin, Wayne Witry, Norman and Les Freske.
We thank our Dad for a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Proverbs say "A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine."