Keith Richard Polenske

December 3, 1970 ~ October 30, 2021 (age 50)


Funeral services for Keith Polenske, 50, of Randolph, will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 5, 2021, at Heartland Baptist Church in Norfolk. Reverend Ty Woznek will officiate. Military Honors will be conducted by the US Marine Corps, American Legion Post 16 and VFW Post 1644. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Heartland Baptist Church. Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

He passed away Saturday, October 30, 2021, as a result of an accident at his work.

Keith was born on December 3, 1970, in Norfolk, the son of Jerry and Sharon (Schneider) Polenske. He was raised on the family farm south of Norfolk. He attended rural school on south First street completing the eighth grade. He graduated from Madison High School in 1989. Following graduation, Keith entered US Marines in 1989. He served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He earned his honorable discharge in 1997.

After his service to his country, Keith returned to Nebraska and was employed at Great Dane Trailers, then as a farm hand and truck driver. While he worked at Beef America as a shag driver, he earned his Associate of Science Degree in Electronics from Northeast Community College. He started at the Goodyear Hose Plant and completed his 19th year this past July.

On February 24, 1990, Keith married Pam Widhalm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norfolk. The couple was blessed with a son and a daughter.

Keith was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, his cow/calf operation, and raising chickens and rabbits. However, his passion was spending time with his family.

He served on the Cedar County Agricultural Society from 2006-2008. Keith has volunteered with the Cedar County Fair from 2008-2014.

Keith is survived by his wife of 31 years, Pam, son Justin Polenske, of Neligh, NE, daughter Morgan (Brendan) Smyth, Greensboro, NC; three brothers, Steve Polenske, of Olathe, KS, Jason (Kim) Polenske, of Brownlee, NE and Mark Polenske, of Norfolk.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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November 4, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Heartland Baptist Church
1213 E. Phillip
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Service
November 5, 2021

10:30 AM
Heartland Baptist Church
1213 E. Phillip
Norfolk, NE 68701

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