Michael John Polk
April 26, 1947 – August 28, 2023
Michael John Polk, age 76, passed away on August 28, 2023, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born on April 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. He was lovingly known as Mike by his family and friends, who will forever cherish his memory.
Mike leaves behind his beloved daughters, Angela Polk (Jared) and Amy Polk (Matt). He also held a special place in his heart for his cherished partner of 30 years, Debbie Sandstedt, and her daughters; Shelagh (Tom) and their daughter, Sara, Carrie (John) and their daughter, Meja, and Danielle (Jeremy) and their son, Drew. Additionally, Mike is remembered by his sister, Julie Koenig. Preceding him in eternal rest are his parents, John and Eunice Polk; as well as his sister, Barbara Polk.
Mike graduated from Red Wing Central High School, Red Wing, MN, and continued his education at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, MN.
Mike had a lifelong passion for golf, which led him to own his own golf store in Omaha, Pro Golf. He dedicated his time and expertise to providing fellow golf enthusiasts with equipment and advice. His love for the sport extended beyond his business. He loved hitting the greens, with a swing that could make even the most seasoned golfer envious. Through the years, he enjoyed being a member of several country clubs, including Red Wing, Oak Hills, and Ashland Country Club. A career highlight was accompanying the University of Minnesota Women’s Golf Team to Scotland, where he got to play St. Andrews.
Mike had a variety of other hobbies that brought him joy. He was an avid player, fan, and coach of hockey, sharing his skills and knowledge with others. He played until he was almost 60, when he wore a jersey with the name “Be nice I’m old.” Mike also loved cars; he was a competitive drag racer, and collected Corvettes and other sports cars. He also enjoyed brewing and drinking craft beer, trips to Mexico, and friendly card games; where he always had an ace up his sleeve. Engaging in these activities allowed him precious moments to connect with loved ones and create lasting memories.
Mike found solace and strength in his faith. He was a devoted member of Rejoice Lutheran Church, where he sought guidance and shared in fellowship with his community.
In honor of Mike’s memory, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Rejoice Lutheran Church of Omaha or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.