LaMoyne ‘Sam’ Polzin

LaMoyne Franklin “Sam” Polzin, 86, Luverne, died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society-Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne.

A funeral service was Monday, Dec. 4, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial was at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.

Sam was born on June 2, 1931, to Frank and Maybelle (Kaushagen) Polzin in Jeffers. He was raised in Jeffers, where he was baptized on June 28, 1931, and confirmed on April 14, 1946. Sam graduated from Jeffers High School in 1949. He attended Waldorf Junior College.

On Feb. 12, 1953, Sam married June Buckley at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City, Iowa. Sam enlisted in the United States Army in 1953 and served his country until his honorable discharge. The couple resided in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, for two years and then relocated to Mankato, where Sam continued his college education, graduating in 1957. The couple then moved to Luverne, where Sam taught at Luverne High School until his retirement in 1987.

Sam was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a member of Modern Woodmen of America and the National Education Association. He was inducted into the Waldorf College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Sam had a passion for woodworking and photography. He made many beautiful things, including the altar at Grace Lutheran Church. Examples of his craftsmanship can be found in many homes and businesses around town. Sam also loved to fish and enjoyed many years of annual fishing trips to Canada with his “fishing buddies.” Sam loved spending time with his family, doting on his grandchildren and great-grandchild, and always insisted on treating family and friends to dinner at The Bluestem.

Sam is survived by his wife, June; three children, Patti (Jerry) Jondahl, Fargo, North Dakota, Tim (Jackie) Polzin, San Tan Valley, Arizona, and Jenny, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; four grandchildren, Daniel, Lyndsay (Michael), Samantha (Paul), and TJ; one great-grandchild, Henry; two sisters, Darlene Reinitz, Minnetonka, and Dorla Dagner, Richfield; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elva Mae Hanson; and five brothers-in-law.

Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.

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