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Obituary for Fred George Polkey

Fred George Polkey
February 6th, 1916 ~ October 25th, 2012
Age 96 ½ of NE Mpls. went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 25th. Preceded in death by daughter; parents: Frank & Gustie Polkey; brothers: Arthur & Jerome. Fred went to be with his beautiful bride and love of his life, Burnette. Survived by his loving children: Sharon Spencer, Suzanne Polkey-Berg (Raymond), Fred Polkey Jr., Sylvia Polkey Walsh (Scott); 3 Spencer grandchildren: Mitch (Mary), Matt (Erin) & Melanie; 6 Spencer great-grandchildren: Emily, Audrey, Claire, Mina, Evelyn & Torin as well as many friends who were proud to know him. Fred graduated from Edison High and at age 21, he fell in love with his lifelong sweetheart, Burnette and they married June 14, 1941 at Holy Cross Church. They raised 3 daughters and a son. Fred’s early careers consisted of teaching and selling accordions for Lawrence Welk and performing musician for the ‘Three Sharps’. Fred was a tool and die maker at General Mills for 24 years, and President of General Mills CU. At age fifty, he began a new career with the Pennzoil Co. He rapidly rose to become sales manager and continued to excel in his career until retiring at age 75. His philosophy was, “The job wasn’t complete until the last order was filled”. During his career he sang with the ‘Twin Cities Choral Group’, and he directed the 48 member choir at Holy Cross Church for 40 years. Fred was chairman of the Aquantennial Accordion & Organ Competition and was a member of Knights of Columbus. He and Burnette traveled to 36 countries. He encouraged everyone to come to America and to also buy Pennzoil. His humor was enjoyed by all. Anytime he had an audience, he would break out in song. Many heartfelt thanks to the staff at Catholic Eldercare for their loving kindness.
Mass of Christian Burial at CHURCH OF THE HOLY CROSS (17thAve. NE & University Ave.) Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Visitation at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH CHAPEL (1918 University Ave. NE) Monday from 5-8 PM and also one hour prior to Mass at Church Tuesday.
Interment Sunset Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to Catholic Eldercare or Holy Cross Church.

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