|Edward L. Polley|
|Date Of Birth:||December 25, 1920|
|Date Of Death:||January 03, 2012|
|Service Date:||10:00 am, Saturday, January 7, 2012
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Edward L. Polley, 91, of Manhattan died January 3,
at Mercy Regional Medical Center with his loved ones by his
He was born on Dec. 25, 1920 in Council Bluffs,
Iowa, the son of Amos and Signa (Sampson) Polley. He was preceded
in death by 4 brothers, Dick, Delman, Amos and Albert.
Ed proudly served in World War II and was
stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland.
He worked in greenhouses in early life; and later
worked with heavy equipment in South Dakota and Kansas. He met and
married Mildred Linhart in Lake Andes, South Dakota, and lived in
Lawrence, Kansas where Edward worked on the Kansas Turnpike. He was
later transferred to work on the Tuttle Creek Dam near
Ed maintained his interest in plants and in
Lawrence he met a KU professor who raised orchids. Ed became
fascinated with the orchids and eventually built a greenhouse in
their backyard. That hobby grew to over 500 orchid plants.
In 1963, Ed and Mildred opened Polley Florist, a
retail flower shop in Blue Hills Shopping Center, and later
relocated to a building at 3rd and Humboldt.
The Polleys purchased acreage near Manhattan where
they raised three children, Barbara, Edward and Robert. He
and the children took interest in the county 4-H programs raising
garden produce and animals for fair judging. Among their many
projects, Robert (Bob) and his dad took special interest in bee
culture and kept several bee hives, as well as milk cows. Ed worked
with his son "Eddie" with swine projects which captured champion
awards, as well as cattle. He assisted Barbara with her horse
projects and cattle. He helped teach all the children the
value of work, time and money, and values.
After Edward and Mildred divorced, he later began
working for Bayer Construction and continued until he retired.
Ed loved to hunt and the out of doors, and his pet
German Shorthair dog.
Ed was a Charter Member of St. Thomas More Parish,
a Life Member of the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus 8488, and
a Member of the Msgr. Luckey Assembly 0288. He enjoyed
assisting at the monthly and Mother's Day breakfast events until
his major health issues slowed him down.
Surviving are his children, Barbara Cunningham,
Edward Polley, and Robert Polley; grandchildren Amanda Rogers,
Shawn Warren, Madison Polley, and Tyler Farina; and 2
great-grandchildren Victoria and Isabelle Rogers.
Visitation will be Friday, January 6, at the
Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home beginning at 4:30 pm, with a Rosary
Service following at 5:30 pm. Funeral services will be
Saturday, January 7, at 10:00 am at St. Thomas More Catholic
Interment will be at later date at the Kansas
Veteran's Cemetery at Ft. Riley.