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Richard Allen Polansky

August 9, 1935 ~ October 8, 2018 (age 83)

Richard A. Polansky, 83, of DeWitt, Iowa, died Monday morning, October 8, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center-East Campus, Davenport.

Richard Allen Polansky was born August 9, 1935, in Cedar Rapids to the late Charles Louis and Evelyn Marie (Kime) Polansky.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School, Cedar Rapids in 1953, from Iowa State Teacher's College in 1957 and went on to earn his Master's Degree from the University of Iowa.  Richard began teaching in DeWitt in 1961 and also served as the Wrestling Coach for many years.  He went on to serve as Business Administrator for the school district until retirement in 1997.

He was a  member of Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt  serving as Sunday School Superintendent and Elder, the DeWitt Noon Lions Club founding its travelogue, DeWitt Community Hospital Board, a Director for Iowa Boy's State and served on the school board.  As an avid golfer, Richard was longtime member of Springbrook Country Club.  He enjoyed poetry, woodworking, fishing, especially trips to Canada and spending time with his family.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Denise Polansky of Cedar Rapids and Matthew and Sally Polansky of Atkins; step-sons and daughters-in-law, Steven (Virginia) Wisehart  of Clark, Missouri and Mark (Janell) Wisehart of Salida, Colorado;  grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Charles Polansky and Sandy (Greg) Ghere of Cedar Rapids.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia on December 25, 1983, his wife, Jaquelyn, on May 21st of this year and his grandson, Clayton Wisehart.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2018.  A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt with the Rev. Ron Rafferty officiating.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.  Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church, R. A. Polansky Wrestling endowment and DeWitt Noon Lions.

Pallbearers will be Jim Hetrick, Charlie Kimball, Brad Anderson, Roger Hill, Dick Kelly and Jon Billhorn.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Selk and Jack Scott. 

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