FARMINGTON – Donald Polacek, passed October 2, 2017, at Parkland Health Center South in Farmington at the age of 89. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 6, 1928, to the late Frank J. and Ella (Stanek) Polacek. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Donald R. Polacek, Jr. on October 2, 1983, and his sister, Ruth Miller.

Donald proudly served in the Navy Air Corps just prior to the Korean conflict. When he returned to civilian life he worked for the Milwaukee Pacific Railroad before he went to work for the U. S. Postal Service where he was employed from 1962 to 1988. He retired as Supervisor of Mails in Illinois. In November of 2006 he moved to Farmington where he was a member and past historian of the American Legion 416, the St. Francois County Historical Society and a member of the First Baptist Church of Farmington. An avid reader, Donald had a special interest in the American Revolutionary Era and had a collection of readings from that era. He also enjoyed spending time solving crossword and word search puzzles. He will be lovingly remembered by his family as a kind, gentle man who loved the Lord and had a strong faith in God.

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Survivors include his wife of 59 ½ years, El Nora “Ellie” (Shultz) Polacek; a son, Daniel (Dawn) Polacek; his granddaughter, Bryanne (Tony) Morsch; grandson, Braden (Paige) Polacek; great granddaughter, Vivian Morsch; several nieces, nephews in Illinois, Iowa and Texas and extended family.

A memorial visitation will be held Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Farmington beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jason Welker officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Donald’s name to the Farmington Public Library or the First Baptist Church Library. View the online obituary and share your condolences at

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