February 19, 2020

Gerald M. Polk

Died Oct. 8, 2019


Gerald M. Polk, 77, of Luzerne passed away at the Crawford Continuing Care Center in Grayling on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.

Gerald was born in Detroit on Aug. 31, 1942, to Harvey and Evelyn (Michalski) Polk. He was raised in the Gagetown/Cass City/Ubly area. He graduated from Cass City High School in 1960, then attended the University of Michigan, from which he graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree. Gerald married Judy in 1965. He went to officer candidate school in Newport, R.I., in 1965, and was in active duty with the U.S. Navy until 1968. He moved his family back to Gagetown and began employment with the state of Michigan in 1968 with the Department of Social Services. In 1969, he transferred to the Department of Corrections. He was a probation agent in Tuscola County, and was later promoted to supervisor in Tuscola, Huron, Lapeer and Sanilac counties. He later transferred to the Oscoda County office, supervising eight counties until his retirement in 2002.

Gerald was a member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association and the Michigan Snowmobile and ORV Association. He enjoyed tinkering in his workshop, daily morning coffee in Luzerne, snowmobiling and doing anything that involved him riding one of his John Deere tractors. He most loved spending time with the love of his life, Judy.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Judy; his children, Chris and Anne (Leland Decker); and his granddaughter, Alivia Baker. He is also survived by his stepsister, Jean Uhl; his stepbrother, Dan (Joanne) Miller; his stepsister-in-law, Andrea Miller; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Harvey Polk; his stepfather, Aloise Miller; his brother, Dennis; his stepbrother, Paul; his grandson, Andrew; his step-nephew, Michael; and his stepbrother-in-law, Harold.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church, Mio, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Santiago Hoyumpa, with military honors to follow. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. at the church until the time of the Mass.

Memorial donations may be made to Munson Cancer & Infusion Center, 1100 E. Michigan Ave., Grayling, MI 49738.

Arrangements by Lashley Funeral Home, Mio.


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