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Kaul Funeral Home

28433 Jefferson Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI

OBITUARY

Jerry and Pamela Polk

Jerry, age 71, and Pamela Polk, age 66, passed away on November 30, 2019. They are survived by their son: Michael (Sonia) Piggott; grandchildren: Nathan and Kaitlyn Piggott; and Pamela’s siblings: William Jerome Lodge and Sharon Kay Vaughn. They were very loving parents and grandparents. A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores.

  • FAMILY

  • Michael (Sonia) Piggott, Son
  • Nathan and Kaitlyn Piggott, Grandchildren
  • William Jerome Lodge and Sharon Kay Vaughn, Pamela’s siblings

Services

9 December

Memorial Visitation

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kaul Funeral Home

28433 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, Michigan 48081

Memories

Jerry and Pamela Polk

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Eric Shay

December 5, 2019

I am so sorry to hear that the world will now be without Jerry and Pamela Polk. After living both of their lives in service to their community and country, I have no doubts that both of them will be able to rest peacefully in heaven because they have more than earned their place there. It takes a special type of person to be a mentor, teacher, and leader, that was one of the many things that POP was able to able to show me from the high standard that he held, and displayed. Knowing him was an honor, and a privilege. I will never forget nor take for granted the blessing I was granted just to know him. I have so many memories of him teaching us to be honest, polite, dignified, and strong. I knew POP was always a man I could trust, the type of person that I didn't need to ask to keep a private conversation in confidence, because with a man like him it went without saying. Maybe that part of him he brought from Texas with so many of his hilarious stories. There were times when I thought I could pull a fast one on the other end of the school, or somewhere afterwards, and I'd make my move, well to my surprise it seemed like everytime, so did he because, he would always find me somewhere I'd never expect him to be and let loose on me, pointing out where how and why whatever I did that time was wrong, and not acceptable behavior. But then there were the times when he would sneak up on me the same way and tell me how proud of me he was and why, he would send me away feeling so good about myself which was an odd thing to expirence since one minute prior he scared the s*** out of me by sneaking up on me so silently. My thought would always be "Oh s*** what'd I do? Did I do something? I'm always doing something! Here it comes!" but then he would look down at me with the deer in the headlights look on my guilty teenage face and tell me how he was proud of me and why so, as I shook in my shoes. Pop I will always look up to you! Just knowing you made me a better man. Godspeed

Jamie Mishowski

December 4, 2019

In a way im lost of what words to say becuase there are so wonderful things to say about Petty Officer Polk. POP(as most to all of us call him) had this nature to him of always helping the ones in need. I was one of those troubled teen, and POP seen me differently. He gave me a chance, believed in me. I would not be the women i am today without the influence of him. He will always he in my heart. My prays go out to his family, friends, mentees, coworkers, ect. Petty Officer Polk will never be forgotten.

Anne Marie Mishowski

December 4, 2019

Pop was a wonderful man my daughter Jamie would not be were she is today with out his guidance and descipline we had so much fun in Washington DC he was such a gentleman May God help the family with there loss

Mark Surowiec

December 4, 2019

When my daughter codi told me she joined the jrotc program, I wasn't real happy. After meeting Capt. And Pop, I realized she was in great hands. Both these men taught our kids so much more than what one would expect. I'll never forget our field trips. I think I had more fun than the kids. And sharing the pig hunt with pop, his son mike and Dana was one of the finest hunts I've been on. You will be sorely missed Pop.

Mark Surowiec

December 4, 2019

Mark Surowiec

December 4, 2019

John Vallely

December 4, 2019

This was a man who was incredibly patient with myself through some rockier years in high school as a troublesome teenager at times. His fairness, straightforwardness and kindness has stuck with me since. Sincerest condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues. Godspeed.

Katlyn Katona (Ellerby)

December 4, 2019

The world is a lesser place without POP (as I knew him) and his wonderful wife. The teachings of this man helped that shape so many including myself will be remembered fondly. I graduated from Franklin in 2008 after 4 years in the NJROTC unit. He was not afraid to give some tough love but was always there when needed. I have such great memories including trips to Tony's for a reward, weekly inspections that taught discipline and the fun trips taken. He helped me learn to laugh at myself even when I wanted to crawl into a hole of embarrassment after managing to fall UP the stairs. He will be missed by many and my heart goes out to his family during this incredibly tragic time.

Janelle O'Hara Witting

December 4, 2019

I was so nervous to have Mrs. Polk in fourth grade, because everyone said she was the "mean one." But you know what? She wasn't. She was firm, she had high expectations, and she didn't let us get away with bullshit. But she was warm, funny, and pushed us to be our best.

I'll never forget how much I loved coming back from lunch, because she'd read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing out loud to us. How she made me re-write my essay on insects because she said it wasn't my best (she was right). How she encouraged us to read books that interested us, instead of books people told us we should read. More than twenty years later, she still sticks out as one of the formative teachers in my educational journey.

Not to mention, she and her husband lived around the block from me and gave out the BEST Halloween candy.

Good teachers leave an impression for a lifetime, and Mrs. Polk was excellent. Sending love and light to their family during this dark time.

Andrea Jesmore

December 4, 2019

Sir, you were a shining example of what it means to be smart, tough, kind and caring, all at the same time. You've molded many lives throughout your career at Franklin High School and your memory will live on in the hearts of those you touched. My sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of this wonderful man.

FROM THE FAMILY