April 1, 2015
11:00 A.M., Monday, April 6, 2015
St. Mary's Catholic Church
MEMORIALS MAY BE GIVEN TO:
Hospice of Pella
Wife: Mary Polich
Children: Michael and Mary Beth Polich, Jane Newlin,
January 31, 1928 - April 1, 2015
Lawrence (Larry) was born to John and Karla (Tomlonovic) Polich on January 31, 1928 in Carney, Iowa. John and Karla were both direct descendants from Croatia.
Larry served as a Sergeant in the army during Korean War at Fort Leonard Wood and was the head of the welding school. He married Cecilia Jesser in 1956 and together they welcomed a son, Michael, in 1958. He worked at John Deere in Ankeny as a welder for 23 years. He was proud to be part of Union Local 479. In 1971, he married Mary Gottner and with Mary came sons; Jimmy & Tommie Pierick and daughter; Jane Newlin. Mary and Larry lived in Carney, Iowa for the next eighteen years and attended Our Lady Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny, Iowa.
In 1989, Larry and Mary moved to Mission, Texas where they resided until 2014. While in Mission, Larry was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was Father Roy Snipes' right hand man and enjoyed singing in the choir during services. He was known to many in the congregation as Grandpa Larry. In 2014, Larry and Mary moved back to Iowa and resided in Pella to be close to family.
Larry enjoyed socializing and did not know a stranger. He was a straight talker and never hesitated to tell you what was exactly on his mind. Although he was devoted to his wife, he very much enjoyed charming lovely ladies, both young and old, and always made a lasting impression on the nurses who cared for him. Larry was well known for his gigantic personality and those who knew him always anticipated that Larry would make them smile. He loved to dance and frequented the dance halls with Mary during his earlier years. He was an avid Hawkeye fan, even though his granddaughters graduated from Iowa State, which created a friendly rivalry that he thoroughly enjoyed. A farmer at heart, he was considered a master gardener, tending to his flowers and fruit trees during retirement.
In 1997, his many hours on the golf course paid off with a hole in one. He also enjoyed watching his son Michael perform in various musical venues. His daughter, Janie held a special place in his heart and he looked forward to her many calls and visits throughout the years.
Most of all, Larry will always be remembered for his spontaneous singing. Even at the very end of his life, Larry sang, "When You're Smiling" by Louis Armstrong. It wasn't unusual for him to break into a patriot song and he never hesitated to sing Happy Birthday to anyone.
While it was fitting Larry died on April Fool's Day given his immense love for laughter, the two things that he took very seriously was his devotion to his wife Mary and his relentless faith in Christ. The love he felt for both was apparent during his final few days.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife Cecilia, son Tommie, brothers and sisters; Mike Polich, John Polich, Mary Redman, Louise Radosedich, Vera Goddard.
He will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 44 years, Mary; son Mick (MaryBeth) and grandson Andrew; son Jim, grandsons Shane Pierick and Chris (Jesse) Pierick; daughter Jane, granddaughters Kim (Bryan) Gaylor, Angie (Jerry) Springer, grandson Jeremy (Anna) Newlin; great grandchildren, Caleb, Maleah, Alexa, Graham, and Meyer and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.