John Gerald Polivka, 82 of Valparaiso was born in Brainard, Nebraska on March 7, 1935 to John and Frances (Bohac) Polivka. He married the love of his life Evelyn D. Hromas on May 26, 1958. John was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with everyone including his dogs, Ivy and Sherlock. He passed peacefully at home on January 7, 2018, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Jan. 13 at Sts. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church, Valparaiso, with Father Matthew Zimmer celebrating. Burial with military honors was at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, Bee.
John spent time in the United States Air Force, Army, and Nebraska Army National Guard. He worked at Reimers Kaufman, owned his own concrete businesses, E & J Contracting and Polivka & Sons, farmed most of his life, and was a longtime employee until retirement at National Crane.
John loved his family and spending time in the country on his farm. He enjoyed putting around on the tractor, going for drives, listening to Polka music, going to auctions, watching westerns, The Price is Right, and Wheel of Fortune.
John is survived by his sons Johnny (Becky) Polivka, Jerry (Lisa) Polivka, Jamey (Tina) Polivka; Daughters Lori (Edward) Matulka, Tammy (Dan) Vasa, Melanie (Jeremy) Jordan, and Dorie (Chris) Dickey. 25 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren. Siblings Ernest (Bernice) Polivka, Adeline Lempka, Barbara (Ray) Benes; Sister-in-laws MaryAnn Polivka, Marcella (Robert) Allen, Bonnie (Don) Schwartz.
He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn, Parents John and Frances Polivka, Brother Theodore Polivka, In-laws Frank and Mary Hromas, Brother-in-law Ambrose Lempka, and Granddaughter Shylee Anne Polivka. To this obituary we add our thoughts, prayers and memories of life shared with John.
Memorials may be made to the Polivka family for future designations. Condolences may be sent to www.zabkafuneralhome.com.