Funeral Mass for David Polanchek, 72, of Belfield, ND, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, March 13, 2020 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Belfield, ND, with Father Shane Campbell celebrating. Burial will be at St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery. Military Honors will be presented by the Belfield American Legion William C. Blair Post # 144.
Visitation for David will be 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson ND, with a Rosary and Vigil Service held at 4:00 p.m.
David passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at his home in Belfield, ND.
David Richard Polanchek was born on January 25, 1948 in Dickinson, ND to Frank and Joyce (Reul) Polanchek. He grew up in Belfield, ND graduating from Belfield High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1968, where he served during the Vietnam War. During his service he was wounded, spent time as a prisoner of war and his entire Company received the Purple Heart. After returning to Belfield he worked at Oilfield Services and it was here where he met Marjorie Fritzler. The two were married on September 29, 1972 and were blessed with three sons, Albert, Frank, and Jedediah. In 1974, David enlisted in the United States Army where he served for almost 23 years. While in the Army, David served as a Drill Sergeant. They Army took the family all over the world. After retiring, he returned to Belfield, ND and served as Belfield Police Officer for over 8 years. Most recently, David worked in Park Maintenance at Theodore Roosevelt National Park until he was diagnosed with cancer.
David was a member of the American Legion. He loved to fish whenever he could and enjoyed camping. He had a love of collecting guns, tinkering, and woodworking as well as ceramics. He became very fond of his horses and special dog, Polar, later in life. Most of all, David was very proud of his three sons.
David is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Marjorie; his sons, Albert Paul Polanchek of Eau Claire, WI, Frank Richard (Sascha) Polanchek of Fayetteville, NC; 5 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tony (Ritchie) Polanchek of Gilette, WY, Rodney (Bau) Polanchek of Dallas TX; sister, Eva ( Monte) Brimmer of Belfield, ND; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jedediah David Polanchek; sister Geraldine ( Dolly) Buzalsky; uncle, Bud Reul.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Belfield American Legion.