March 11, 1939 - April 30, 2021
Richard Polk, nicknamed Dickie to his close friends and Richard Dean by his son in law, was born March 11, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to his parents Catherine Polk and David Blair. Richard was the third and youngest child. He had two older sisters who have both preceded him in death: Rosie Mae (Warren) and Patricia Calvin (Don). Richard attended Dunbar Vocational High School and Washburne Trade School where he became a licensed Painter. Richard started his own painting company for many years called Richard Rejuvenator. He also worked for the Chicago Park District for 15 years where he retired. Richard met and married Rita on June 21, 1969. They were married for over 51 years until his death. They had two daughters: Dana and Melanie. Richard was known for his loving personality; he had a knack for being supportive and helpful and having a listening ear. He was a man of wise words, dedicated loyal servant of Jehovah, spiritual head, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and loyal friend. Richard never said an unkind word about anyone. He always tried to see the best in people. One of the greatest highlights of his life was when his grandson DJ was born, they would play Thomas the Train, and Angry Birds for hours. Richard was a great cook, he loved food, he made the best gumbo and barbeque. He also loved watching Westerns, nature and animal shows. We would find him watching the Food Network Channel all day long. He was a Bears fan and was especially fond of the 1985 Bears. Richard began to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and symbolized his dedication. Richard served Jehovah faithfully up to the time of his death. Richard loved Jehovah, he went to jail for 18 months during the Vietnam war for conscientious objections and was proud to mention it in comments he made during the meetings. We would say, ‘he’s always going to find a way to mention it somehow’. Richard served many years as an Elder to the Stoney Island congregation, he loved the friends so much. He dedicated his life to Jehovah and loved preaching to everyone he met. At the facility where he was residing, they often told us that Mr. Polk continued to preach about Jehovah while in hospice. Richard believed and had faith in Jehovah’s promises that there will be a resurrection of the dead. (John 5:28 and 29) Richard fell asleep in death on Friday, April 30, 2021, from a long-term illness. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Rita; daughters Dana and Melanie (Durrand); grandson Durrand Jr.; two very special nieces Lori Brown and Vaughanzella Howard. A host of nieces, nephews, and extended spiritual children, sons, daughters, and close dear friends Samuel Holcomb, Welton Harris, Rosemond Streety, Leonard Bennit, and William Spight and so many countless others, too many to mention by name. But we want to let you know Brother Polk Loved us ALL!!! We can't wait to see him again in the Paradise!!!
Richard Polk, nicknamed Dickie to his close friends and Richard Dean by his son in law, was born March 11, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois to his parents Catherine Polk and David Blair. Richard was the third and youngest child. He had two older sisters... View Obituary & Service Information
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