Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1:00 p.m., Tues., Dec. 7, 2021, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, De Smet, S.D. Father Richard Baumberger was the celebrant.
Visitation was Mon., Dec. 6, 2021, at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in De Smet. Burial was at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Cemetery, De Smet, S.D.
Michael D “Mike” Pollock passed away Dec. 2, 2021, in Gettysburg, S.D., three days shy of his 90th birthday. Mike had friends and family near and far, and the gift of making everyone in his presence feel like the most important person in the room. If there is one thing his grandkids found out quickly, it was “You don’t mess with Grandpa’s cowboy hat!”
Mike was born Dec. 5, 1931, to Charles and Neva (McKittrich) Pollock. He joined two older brothers, Charles and Jim. He was raised on a farm south of De Smet, S.D. He graduated from De Smet High School in 1949 and married his high school sweetheart that same year.
Mike and Mary (Combs) completed their family with three sons and one daughter. They continued to farm until the mid-1960’s. They moved into town, and Mike began a career in seed sales for companies such as Sexauer and Peavy in De Smet. In 1973, he took a territory manager position with Hubbard Milling in Rapid City, and the family moved to Sturgis. Mike enjoyed his years in sales, and all the friends he made along the way.
The family returned to the farm in 1977, only to be faced with the water rising. Pollocks made the most of it, creating “M&M Marina” on the banks of Lake Thompson. Though it brought long hours of work, they were his most gratifying years because of the people who came through their doors. Many life-long friends were made over the years.
In 1998, Mike and Mary made their way back to Sturgis, S.D. to retire. They spent their time following their grandchildren in all their activities. In 2015, as their health was declining, they moved into the Oahe Manor in Gettysburg, where he resided until his death.
Mike will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Laurie (Steve) Robbennolt; grandchildren, Amber (Andy) Mikkelsen, Tyler (Kelsey) Fischer, Michael Fischer and Blake (Blair) Robbennolt all of Gettysburg, Megan Fischer, Sioux Falls, Katelyn (Christopher) Ampe, Dodge Center, Minn., Kelcey Robbennolt of Redfield and Jeffrey (Briana) Pollock and Nastasha Pollock of Dallas, Texas. Mike lit up every time he saw his eleven great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Mike in death were his loving wife of 68 ½ years; three sons: Duane, Jerry and Donny Pollock; son-in-law, Donny Fischer; grandson, DJ Fischer; his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law.
Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel.