Ed Pollak Obituary

Ed  Pollak
Ed Pollak
Ed Pollak

September 1, 1918 - April 21, 2014
Born in Bronx, NY
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Edmund Clarke Pollak 9/1/1918 – 4/21/2014

Ed Pollak was born in the Bronx, New York City to Fred and Florrie. He grew up near Yankee stadium and the family apartment was rented to left handed pitcher Herb Pennock during the baseball season during the late 1920s. Herb introduced elementary schooler Ed to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and other Yankee greats.

During WWII, Ed enlisted in the Army and volunteered for the 11th Airborne Division where he served as a radio operator in the 511th Parachute Regiment in the Pacific. The regiment suffered heavy casualties but he survived combat in Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines, and in New Guinea, and then was among the elite troops that landed with General MacArthur to occupy Japan.

His father died while he was away at war. Ed became president of the family business at Flour Mix, Inc., a small cake mix manufacturer of institutional foods. Ed traveled the country as the primary salesman but he also developed many new baking mix formulas, including coconut macaroons for commercial use. In 1946, on a beach on Long Island, he met Jane Mullendore, the love of his life. Their marriage lasted nearly 63 years until Jane's death in October 2009. Ed is survived by five children: Fred, Jim, John (Nancy Crowfoot), Nancy English, and Charlie; four grandchildren: Jim (Diane) Pollak and Heather (George) Muigai (and their mother Eileen Pollak), Deja (Keith Lionetti) Parrent, and Jake English (Christa Yanqui); four great grandchildren: Alexandria (Frank Mutta) Rohde, Zach (Rachel Gray) Pollak, Aria and Cordelia Lionetti, and Ellie Mae English; and two great great grandchildren: Frank Mutta Jr. and Landon Pollak. His only sibling, sister Pat Quell lives in Houston, Texas.

Ed's travels brought him to admire the people of the Midwest, especially Iowans. The family relocated from New York City to Iowa in 1964 to open a food brokerage. Later, Ed was a salesman for many businesses but eventually returned to the food business in sales for a food brokerage in Des Moines until his retirement in 1980.

Ed and Jane were very active members of Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines from 1965 until moving to the Mayflower Community in Grinnell in 2008. Throughout retirement into his mid 80s, Ed used his skills as a singer and fiddle player to entertain the "old folks" in nursing homes and senior centers around Des Moines. He was an avid bridge player and crossword puzzler. His love of people and pride in his Irish heritage were well known to any person he met. Although his memory issues, blindness, and other aging conditions impaired his social skills he enjoyed singing and never forgot a song or his family.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 9, 2014 at Plymouth Congregational Church. The family will greet friends beginning at 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at the church. A private burial will be held at Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to either of the following: Mayflower Community, 616 Broad St., Grinnell, IA 50112 www.mayflowerhomes.com or Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA 50312.www.plymouthchurch.com.

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Iowa Veterans Cemetery
34024 Veterans Memorial Drive
Adel, IA US 50003
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Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Friday, May 9, 2014
11:00 AM
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Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Friday, May 9, 2014
11:30 AM
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Plymouth Congregational Church
4126 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312