|Elmer Polich, 86|
|Written by TRF Times|
Seward, Pa. - Elmer Polich, 86, died Thursday, December 1, 2005 in Johnstown, Pa.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 10, at Johnson Funeral Service, Thief River Falls, with Rev. Robert Dahlen officiating. Interment was held at Community Cemetery in St. Hilaire. Military honors were provided by the American Legion Ecklund-Holmstrom Post 117 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793.
Elmer John Polich was born March 1, 1919 at Greany, the son of Rok (Choppe) Polich and Genny Polich.
Elmer was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the United States Navy in September of 1940 and served aboard the USS Maryland, USS New Jersey, USS Kota and USS Catamount. Elmer was present during the Pearl Harbor attack and loved to relate the history of it to his family. Decorations received include; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Medal, American Defense Medal, Good Conduct-5 stars, Victory Medal WWII and Philippine Liberation Medal. He also received numerous Navy letters of commendation.
After leaving the Navy, Elmer took a Civil Service position as a plumber for North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego and retired June 3, 1977.
On January 15, 1947, Elmer was united in marriage to Agnes Peterson.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.
Elmer is survived by children, Gary (Gleniss) Hofstead of St. Louis Park, Jean (Larry) Barelich and Dennis Polich, all of Seward, Pa.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy and Molly Polich, both of Spokane, Wash.; brother, Stanley Polich of Hibbing; and son-in-law, Bill Williams.
He is preceded in death by wife, Agnes in 1995; daughter, Jeanette on December 3, 2005; parents; brothers, John, Rudy and Victor; and sister, Olga. A00003B2005DC14