LINCOLN -- Russell Earl Polly, 89, long time resident of Wauneta, died Wednesday (Nov. 12, 2003) the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln.
He was born March 31, 1914, to Edward David and Veva (Pence) Polly on the family farm east of Wauneta. He attended grade school at Sunny Side School in Chase County. He skipped grades three and seven. He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1931. He was the class president, a honor student and salutatorian of the class. He worked on the family farm.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps Nov. 7, 1942. He was a member of the Air Force-Army Band, stationed at Marana Army Air Field in Marana, Ariz. He specialized in clarinet and saxophone. He was honored with a good conduct medal and honorably discharged June 21, 1945.
On Aug. 3, 1938, he married Eva Agnes Kerchal. He spent nine years working for Standard Oil Company. He was appointed postmaster of Wauneta in 1950. He worked in this position for 41 years, retiring in 1992. He received many awards and honors while working as postmaster.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 304 and the United Methodist Church, both of Wauneta. He was a director of the Wauneta Falls Bank. He served on the Methodist Church Board, the City Council and the Riverside Cemetery Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva; son-in-law, Garry Wayne Wallin; one brother, Robert Keith Polly; four grandchildren, Melissa Ann, Michelle Ann, Kelly Lynn and Monica Ann; two great-grandchildren, Tailor Marie and infant boy Wallin.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Wallin of Imperial; sister-in-law, JoAnn Vicary and husband, Rob of Lincoln; three brothers-in-law, Leonard Kerchal and wife, Frona of Benkelman; Virgil Kerchal of Wauneta; and Keith Kerchal and wife, Nona of Wauneta; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Wauneta with the Rev. Michael Laing and John Engbrecht officiating. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery of Wauneta.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta is in charge of the arrangements.