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Richard Edward "Rich " Polivka

October 13, 1943 - October 8, 2021

Richard Edward “Rich” Polivka, 77, of Hendersonville passed away October 8, 2021, after a period of declining health. Born in Chicago to the late Frank and Mildred Polivka; Rich is also predeceased by a brother Frank Polivka.

Upon graduating highschool, Rich volunteered to serve our country; he was a proud US Marine and Vietnam Veteran. After serving in the Marines, Rich was employed as an installer and repairman for Bell Telephone Company; he retired at the age of 54 following thirty-three years of service. Rich was a member of the Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he enjoyed being a deacon. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Left to cherish Rich’s memory are his beloved wife of fifty-four years Shirley Miller Polivka; children Lora (Jeremy) Patton, Dawn (Kris) Christianson of Jasper, Indiana, Richie Polivka; grandchildren Jordyn and Ciara, Stephen, Nick and Cassidy; and a brother Terry Polivka (Trish) of Naperville, Illinois. Rich leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park of Hendersonville, North Carolina, with Pastor Ivan Blake officiating.

A memorial service honoring the life of Richard Polivka will be held at Fletcher Seventh-Day Adventist Church; details to be announced at a later date.

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