ForeverMissed
Dave Pociask passed away at age 67 unexpectedly on September 26th, 2020.

Dave was born in Cudahy, WI in 1953 to Joe and Regina Pociask. He attended Cudahy High and was a projectionist at the Avalon and Majestic Theaters. He developed a lifelong addiction to popcorn and memorized lines from classic movies. He met his future wife there when she came to see Gone with the Wind (which he also liked to recite). He made fun of her Corvair for being Unsafe at Any Speed; somehow she found this charming.

He loved both cars and the environment, so he got his associate’s degree in Environmental Science and worked at Delphi Automotive (General Motors) for over 30 years, making many friends, and innovating ways to reduce emissions. In his off time, he took long walks with his wife, and enjoyed weekends at the lake, either fishing or searching for beach glass. He spent a lot of time playing his guitar, especially blues and 70s rock. Harvest Moon was the most recent song he was mastering on the guitar. 

We will remember him as a big-hearted, funny, and thoughtful man who delighted in telling stories and scouting for gifts. He always came bearing useful tools, homemade chocolate chip cookies, or a good thick sweatshirt. Everyone he crossed paths with was a candidate for his generosity, including animals. The neighborhood dogs knew him for his treats, and for this same reason, the dogs in the family stuck to him like velcro. He also made sure that the birds, squirrels, and foxes who lived in or frequented the yard were also kept fed. 

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Dawn (neé Hogquist). His son Dan (Ashley) and daughter Kate (Nick) will remember him for being playful and laid back. Grandchildren Dylan, Collin, and Ella loved him for his breakfast-making abilities. His conversation will be deeply missed by older brothers Joe (Dee), Tom (Christine), and Dennis (Patsy).

The family asks that you share memories, photos, and videos for now. The Celebration of Life will be delayed until we can gather more safely. The family is planning for Summer 2021. If you want to attend, feel free to Leave a Tribute below with your email and the family will keep you updated with plans. 

If you are looking for a way to honor him, do something that Dave loved to do and take a photo/video of it and share it in the Stories section. Choose your own adventure, but if you need ideas, here are a few things Dave loved: walk on the beach and skip stones, play the guitar (even if you haven't played in years), plant something in the garden, cook a scrambled egg for the dog (it keeps their coat shiny), or take joy in washing your car in the driveway. 

Posted by June Stueck on October 4, 2020
Shocking news for us, wishing that Dave run into the best dirt ever up in heaven and that green beans are prolific and the blooms are vibrant
Posted by Todd Pociask on October 4, 2020
My Godfather Uncle Dave will be missed. He was always caring and good natured. He had a good sense of humor and it was always enjoyable to talk to him. My life is better because of him. I am terribly sorry to all the family for this loss and especially to Dawn. I always looked forward to opening the cabin each year with him and closing it down. We would do some work on the pier to get things ready and then head to Tommy's Pub for a burger and a pitcher of root beer and beer. Many times we would walk around some of the local parks.  This is a sad day. He was loved by all including our canine friends Darrell and Go Go. Forever in our thoughts. Todd
Posted by Lori Tune-Whyte on October 3, 2020
Dave was kind hearted and generous. We were blessed to be his neighbor. There are so many things I am going to miss. I will miss hearing the laughter that he and Dawn shared. I will miss our chats over the fence (or in our case the ditch that Dave spent the summer digging). I will miss the smile and the wave. I will miss seeing his eyes light up while discussing music. I will miss the treats Dave shared with us. The last being his famous homemade waffles (yum!!!) that he made for our family. Dave was one of the good guys, the best, he will be sorely missed.
Deepest condolences,
Love,
Lori and Scott

Posted by Christine Bishofberger on October 3, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the Pociask family. RIP Dave.
Posted by Laura Kolacinski on October 3, 2020
Dawn & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was such a nice and sweet man. I know how much he loved his family. Dawn, your loving and joyful relationship with Dave was awesome to see. We all should strive for that kind of love. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Warmest Regards,

Laura Kolacinski
Posted by Tim Sommers on October 3, 2020
I seemed to run into Dave wherever there was music and I know I would always see him at the Oak Creek Lions festival. R.I.P. my friend.
Posted by Bill Wittig on October 3, 2020
Dave was a good guy and good friend, always had a smile and something nice to say. Yes he loved his popcorn as did we all. He will be missed.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by June Stueck on October 4, 2020
Shocking news for us, wishing that Dave run into the best dirt ever up in heaven and that green beans are prolific and the blooms are vibrant
Posted by Todd Pociask on October 4, 2020
My Godfather Uncle Dave will be missed. He was always caring and good natured. He had a good sense of humor and it was always enjoyable to talk to him. My life is better because of him. I am terribly sorry to all the family for this loss and especially to Dawn. I always looked forward to opening the cabin each year with him and closing it down. We would do some work on the pier to get things ready and then head to Tommy's Pub for a burger and a pitcher of root beer and beer. Many times we would walk around some of the local parks.  This is a sad day. He was loved by all including our canine friends Darrell and Go Go. Forever in our thoughts. Todd
Posted by Lori Tune-Whyte on October 3, 2020
Dave was kind hearted and generous. We were blessed to be his neighbor. There are so many things I am going to miss. I will miss hearing the laughter that he and Dawn shared. I will miss our chats over the fence (or in our case the ditch that Dave spent the summer digging). I will miss the smile and the wave. I will miss seeing his eyes light up while discussing music. I will miss the treats Dave shared with us. The last being his famous homemade waffles (yum!!!) that he made for our family. Dave was one of the good guys, the best, he will be sorely missed.
Deepest condolences,
Love,
Lori and Scott

Recent stories
Shared by Thomas Michalski on October 12, 2020
On the first day of the school year in 1967 I met Dave at Cudahy Jr. Hi. In 2010 when Dave and I were shooting the breeze he told me that he remembered the meeting like it was yesterday. Over 50 years later we were still good friends. While Dave has left us his friendship and memories will endure. As Dave would always say when leaving Parmentier's Tavern at closing "It's Motel, Hotel Time". Miss you Buddy.
Shared by Bradley Schimian on October 3, 2020
Very sorry for your loss.