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William Polchow, 91

William John Polchow, age 91, of Glencoe, passed away Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at his residence.

He was born July 19, 1930, in Hutchinson, the son of William F. & Ella (Rettman) Polchow.

William was baptized Aug. 10, 1930, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lynn Township, McLeod County. Bill was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith in 1944.

He graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1948.

Bill honorably served his country in the Korean War, and was discharged Oct. 6, 1951. He belonged to the American Legion for 60 years.

William J. Polchow and Betty L. Killian were joined in holy marriage May 23, 1953.

Bill was employed as a brick layer for 20 years. During that time, he belonged to the Hopkins Fire Department for 12 years.

Bill and Betty moved to Silver Lake in 1976, and bought “Henry’s Corner” and lived there for 20 years.

He retired in 1996.

In 2002, Bill ran to become a director of McLeod Coop. He served in that position for 12 years.

He was a faithful member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted, and also belonged to the Silver Lake American Legion Post 141.

Bill loved to visit and play with his grandchildren. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, playing cards, dancing, and shooting pool.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Betty; children, Marvel (Bruce) Penaz of Winsted, Tami (Adam) Carlson of Glencoe, Bill (Lisa) Polchow Jr. of Deer River; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marvin Polchow of Moorhead, Harold (Betty) Polchow of Hutchinson; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ruth Duesterhoeft, Verna Polchow; stepsons, Bruce and Dennis Sellers; and grandchildren Christopher Sellers and Corey Iiff.

Funeral services for William “Bill” Polchow took place Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winsted. Pastor Dave Hormann officiated. Sheryl Menden was the organist, and Bruce Gatz was the soloist.

A visitation took place at the funeral home Friday, Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. A prayer service took place at 6:45 p.m. Further visitation took place Saturday, Nov. 20 one hour prior to services at the church.

Honorary casket bearers were Eurland Sickmann, Mike Glieden, Orlan Ortloff, Duane Dostal, Harold Plath, and Jim Carlson.

Casket bearers were Brad Mikesh, Brad Polchow, Glen Polchow, Mychal Penaz, Justin Iliff, and Nik Iliff.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

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