Arthur Polak, 94 - March 21, 2012
Arthur “Art” Joe Polak, 94, of Gothenburg died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte.
Graveside services will take place at Fort McPherson National Cemetery on Monday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. with the Rev. Larry Viter officiating. Cremation was chosen.
Register book will be available for signing at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel of Gothenburg on Sunday, March 25, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Polak was born Feb. 11, 1918, to Frank and Mary (Skucius) Polak at Munden, KS, where he attended school and farmed until he was inducted into the U.S. Army in February of 1941.
He married Lucille Moravek on May 10, 1941, while training at Little Rock, AR. He also was stationed at San Luis Obispo, Burbank, Riverside and Pasadena, CA, Camp Hood, TX, and Camp Polk, LA. He served with the 127th FA Battalion, which later was converted, to the 635th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
After further training in England, his unit landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and saw action in every major campaign of the European Theater during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge, he attended school at Milford and then owned and operated a refrigeration and electrical contracting business in Superior, where his children were born.
In 1957, Polak and his family moved to Gothenburg where he and his wife owned and operated retail businesses until their retirement in 1981.
Polak was involved with civic affairs, serving on the Gothenburg Planning and Zoning Commission for 10 years, being active with the Chamber of Commerce, as a charter member of the Gothenburg Improvement Corporation and a member of the American Legion Post No. 64.
During retirement, his love for travel took him and his wife on trips all over North America and throughout Europe. They were winter residents at Yuma, AZ, for 14 years, participating in many activities and attending various classes at Arizona Western College. They returned to Gothenburg in 1995, where they lived until 2010 when they moved to Linden Court in North Platte.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Mary; his twin brother, Archie; brothers—Rudolph and Ernest; sister, Elsie.
Survivors include: his wife, Lucille; his daughter, Debi (Burnell) Steinmeyer of North Platte; a son, Harold of Alma; grandchildren—DJ and Bre Steinmeyer and Abbi Polak; great-grandson, Cyrus Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Improvement Company, the Gothenburg Fire Department or donor’s choice.