All life is precious and time is not promised. We invite you to remember Richard (Dick) Pollenz by celebrating your life and the love for your family and friends.
. . . He had the unique ability to "be himself" his entire life . . .
  • 84 years old
  • Born on January 18, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Passed away on February 27, 2019 in Tampa, Florida, United States.

Richard Pollenz is remembered in love by his family – his wife of 62 years, Virginia (Ginnie) Pollenz, of Tampa, Florida; son Richard Pollenz and his wife Anne Costello, of Tampa, Florida, and his grandchildren Scott Pollenz and Megan Pollenz, of Florida; daughter Kathy Shannon, her partner Jeff Clements, of Orlando, Florida, and grandchild Luke Clements of Tennessee; daughter Kristine Dale, her husband Jeremy Dale, of Gilford, New Hampshire, and grandchildren Joshua Perkins and Jake Perkins, of New Hampshire.

He is survived by his sister, Shelley (Pollenz) Carlson, of Barrington, Illinois, and his nieces and nephews and their families: Kyle Carlson, Dana McCloud, William (Bill) Carlson, David Carlson, and Lori Lotz.


Posted by Luke Clements on March 12, 2019
You were a real provider, a respected military man and an amazing grandfather. Thank you for all the memories, they will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the advice you gave me as I grew older, the wisdom you shared with me will always stay with me. I know the impact you had on my life will continue to guide me in the right direction, and I will forever be grateful.
Love your grandson Luke
Posted by Bill Carlson on March 8, 2019
Although the times I did get to spend with Uncle Dick were too few and too short, I remember them fondly. From the earliest gatherings back at Gramma and Grampa’s in Springfield, to later years when he was in to visit Mom, I always remember him for his intelligence, his wit, and his passion. I wish I had been able to know him better, but like my brother and sisters have already said, I’m so thankful for the geaneology he put together for the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember the amazing, unique individual Dick was.
Posted by Jacob Perkins on March 7, 2019
Although the sheer distance separating our homes meant in-person visits were rare, I still treasure all of the years we spent corresponding via email between those occasions. Your astounding intelligence, creativity, trademark wit and sheer passion for achieving in life has been an infinite source of inspiration to us all, and has been the driving influence in my life as well. The wonderful day we were able to spend together in 2017 - being able to sit down and talk about life, passions and goals, your latest efforts in the incredible genealogy you created, and simply the joy of spending that quality time with you after so long, is a time I will cherish forever.
I feel incredibly honored and fortunate to be your grandson. Although we miss you so deeply, your positive influence will live on through us all, and I can't thank you enough for that.
Posted by David Carlson on March 7, 2019
You will be so missed uncle. I always enjoyed when you would come up to visit your gramma (your mother) and my mother (your sister). I so appreciate you taking my mother along on your journey to Europe to meet relatives for the first time. I will always remember staying with all of you in New Jersey in 1976 and the great time I had there. You gave me a special treat by firing up the planetarium you made and gave me a show that made me dream of the stars. I remember being allowed to tag along to the army base where you were doing some engineering work and how for some reason that made me feel special. 
You worked so hard to put together the Pollenz genealogy. I was so impressed you included Tony and me in there. You will never know how special that was. I know you will still be around, looking after your wife, kids and my mother.
Posted by Lori Lotz on March 6, 2019
Unfortunately I didn’t know Uncle Dick very well as times our families got together were when I was too young to really remember. But a few things more recent stand out to me. First is the wonderful and dedicated work he did on the Pollenz genealogy. I think everyone enjoyed the fruits of his labors as it kind of gave a sense of belonging. I really appreciated his generosity in that he gave me my books as a gift, knowing I probably couldn’t afford them. (Oops - was that supposed to be secret?) anyway, it was a loving gesture and something I cherish. I was also privileged to visit with Dick and Ginny (along with my mom and husband) back in ... maybe 2010? while they were still in Huntsville. Although a short visit, we enjoyed very gracious hospitality from them. And as has been stated by others, Dick’s love and care for Ginny was so evident and inspiring.
Posted by Margo Meehan on March 6, 2019
We are so touched by the care and compassion Dick gave in caring for my sister Ginnie, all these years. He was always so welcoming when we came to visit. He taught me to listen better, helped me with a term paper in high school. He shared Ginnie with me so we were able to attend quilt shows and when our Mom was in Hospice for a month. We enjoyed sharing their 50th anniversary cruise to Alaska with them. He was a good man and will be missed very much.  We offer our deepest sympathy to Kathy, Rick, Kris, Shelly and their families.
Posted by Dana McCloud on March 5, 2019
My Uncle was a one of a kind person and as was eloquently stated, he was able to live life always as himself. He had more self confidence than almost anyone I’ve ever known. He was a passionate and sensitive human being . He had a sense of humor that maybe only the Pollenz clan would understand . It seems almost be a genetic trait passed down from his father, my grandfather. His devotion for his wife ( Ginnie) , was his greatest passion. His work on our family genealogy is a treasured gift of love to all his family. My deepest sympathy’s , thoughts and prayers are with my cousins Kathy, Rick and Kristine and their families and to my mother Shelley.
Posted by Kristine Dale on March 5, 2019
I will never forget Jeremy and I visiting you in Alabama in 2013. We went to Cathedral Caverns and you got us lost on the trip back to your house. We stopped to ask directions from a man at his mailbox, who in the middle of the day was wearing a bathrobe, and not much else. You asked him how to get to get back to the highway. He said, " you can't." We all laughed hysterically. He did, eventually, give us directions. But we weren't sure if they were actual directions until after a few miles when we found the highway. All 4 of us laughed all the way back. Its a nice memory.
Posted by Shelley Carlson on March 5, 2019
I am overwhelmed by all I could say about my baby brother. Although we were separated by geography all of our adult lives, we managed to remain close and connected and I knew Dick would always be there for me.
His knowledge of classical music was astounding! I remember seeing a car commercial on TV that included some very beautiful and distinctive music, and I tried unsuccessfully to find out what it was. Some time later, I was taking to Dick on the phone and mentioned my dilemma. He said, “Hum a few bars”, and after (rather badly) getting out a few notes, he said, “That’s from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.” Of course, he was right.
His astounding genealogy of our family has enriched my life, and our amazing trip together to Vienna and Prague to visit our roots was a major highlight of my life.
But I remember my brother most of all for his hilarious sense of humor, which came out in his writings as far back as his college years, and as recently as our emails back and forth prior to our trip to Europe, ( all of which I have preserved).
Be at peace, Baby Brother, until we meet again.
Love, Shelley
Posted by Megan Pollenz on March 5, 2019
The mug you gave me holds an even deeper place in my heart, just opening up that package and seeing the mug and the inscription made me smile. Having you live in Florida these last few years was a joyous one, being able to bond with you more through the game of golf.
Posted by Richard Pollenz on March 5, 2019
I will remember the funny times and when you did things that defied your high level of intelligence like backing the VW out of the garage with the back hatch open or using a pin to unclog a connection in a pressurized water pipe leading to the humidifier in NJ. Perhaps small errors, but I did realize that life is not a game of perfect and one grows and learns from those situations. I know you are in a better place and I will continue to use the creativity and self reliance that you gave me. Peace.
Posted by Jeffrey Clements on March 4, 2019
I remember playing miniature golf with you and three-year-old Luke and you teaching him how to putt. You were quite surprised when after three hits Luke decided to just pick up the ball and put it in the hole. But you kept working with him on his game. Little did you know that you were planting a seed in Luke for a lifetime of enjoying golf. I am glad he had an opportunity to play golf with you after he got much older.
Posted by Kathy Shannon on March 4, 2019
Thinking of you, dad.

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