PRINCETON — Mervin E. Polson, 85, of Princeton passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
He was born May 30, 1928, in Bureau Township to Glen C. and Dorothy (King) Polson. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1941. He served in the National Guard for several years before serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict where he received many awards including the Bronze Star.
He worked at Horton's Appliance Store and ran the Polson family farm after his father passed away. He particularly enjoyed keeping the farm records and delivering eggs around the Princeton area. He married Wanda Breckenridge on Aug. 11, 1963, in the First Presbyterian Church in Rochelle. He was an active member of First Lutheran Church of Princeton and its various committees and boards, and also an active member of the Via de Cristo movement. He was also an award-winning bowler, playing on a team with his brother. He was a proud sponsor and supporter of 4-H.
Merv is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda Polson of Princeton. Also surviving are four children, Dan (Anne) Binz of North Augusta, S.C., Sue (Ernie) Palos of Woodstock, Diane (Alan) Kessler of Dallas, Ore., and Carol (David) Rest of Washington, Ill.; and 10 grandchildren, Steven Binz, Matthew Binz, Bradley Binz, Michael Binz, Phillip Palos, Alyson Palos, Amber Kessler, Meghan Rest, Peter Rest and Eric Kessler. Surviving as well are one brother, Merle (Pat) Polson of Princeton; one sister, Alice (Dave) Schindel of Tiskilwa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepson, John Binz; and two siblings, Virgil (Vera) Polson and Gladys (Roy) Madsen.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church of Princeton with Pastor Norman Femrite officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, and one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church of Princeton or Disabled Veterans.
Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.