Francis D. Polifka

Born: Fri., Dec. 31, 1937
Died: Thu., Aug. 23, 2012


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 27, 2012
9:00 AM to 9:30 AM, Tue., Aug. 28, 2012
Location: Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 28, 2012

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Francis D. "Frank" Polifka

Up the stairs and around the corner, you would be greeted by a familiar face — resting in his chair at the kitchen table, burly-bearded, sparkling blue eyes peeking from behind glasses, shirt unbuttoned, belly over blue jeans, and cowboy boots fashioned over the spot-worn linoleum.  A dependable man of consistency and routine, you could always find his smile, an endless supply of witty jokes, catch phrases, kind words and listening ears.

Be it 3rd grade arithmetic, family discourse, agricultural invention, political resolve, or envisioning the impossible, many problems were brought before him, not only at this table, but anywhere he was available.  With an enormous heart and infinite empathy, if you were in need, he was there to help.  He thrived on challenges and solutions were his specialty as he endeavored to make his corner of the world better for all.  

Frank loved his family, his country, and the land with a fierce determination to see them thrive. He was a provider and a teacher. He lead by example, from butchered beef on the table to patented inventions in the New York Times. He was open-minded, listened without judgment, and offered perspective and opinion from a wealth of knowledge. Gracious, yet frugal, he made time to take care of his parents’ and family's needs no matter the circumstances.  He lived a richer life knowing his family and friends loved him and would do anything for him.  

Born to Frank and Alice Polifka on Dec. 31,1937

Raised with Arlen Polifka and Jeanette (Polifka) DeNucci

Married to Ruth Brungardt Polifka on Feb. 6, 1960, in the Sacred Heart Church, Emmeram Kansas.

His Children are Deb Polifka-Pape and Jeff, Francis Alan Polifka, Kathy (Polifka) Ostrander and Tom, Jack Polifka, Sarah Polifka and David Spady

Grandfather and great grandfather of Terri
Polifka, Nic Conroy, Randall Polifka, Matthew Johnson, Clarke Ostrander, Amanda Johnson, Chase Polifka, Alicia Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Jack Anthony Polifka, Abby Ostrander, Jade Polifka, Kyra
Polifka-Wilhelm, Ashley Ostrander, Paige Polifka-Denson

Preceded in death by his parents and son Francis A. Polifka.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the St. Catherine Catholic Church, Catharine, Kansas.  A parish vigil service will be at 6:30 pm followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:00 both on Monday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.  Friends may call on Monday from 4 until 8 pm and on Tuesday from 9 am until 9:30, all at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to the Catherine Charitable Trust, in care of the funeral home.  Condolences may be left for the family at

A moment will come, at the end of our day, when we climb the stairs for a final time to see this familiar face again and know we are home.

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Shane Brungardt
   Posted Sun August 26, 2012
Ruth and Family, please accept our deepest sympathy. Frank was such a wonderful person and we're blessed to have known him. We always looked forward to visiting with him when we came back to the farm and will cherish them as they were always filled with either a transfer of knowledge or a whole lot of laughter (maybe a few drinks too :)). We will miss him.

Shane, Coleen, Ella and Kara Brungardt

Jackie Schaffer Davis
   Posted Sun August 26, 2012
Deb and Family,
So sorry to hear about your father. I know this time is difficult and hard to get through. Praying for your family and keep close the wonderful memories from the past.
Jackie S. Davis

Twila Logsdon
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Ruth and family members
So sorry to learn of the death of Frank.. John found such delight in his visits with Frank - and with Frank's father. I know he will be missed. May he Rest in Peace. May you find comfort in your loving memories.
Twila Logsdon

Nelda Heinz-Prewo
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Ruth & Family,
My sympathy to the entire family. Frank always would make Mike and I have a laugh if it was softball or just being in Cathrine. He always put a smile on your face when you seen him.. My thoughts and prayers are with the family...Nelda

Dianne Schumacher
   Posted Wed August 29, 2012
Dear Ruth and family,

What a shock for us to hear of Francis''s passing. Roger and I both send our love and prayers your way. Roger''s best memories were those spent on the farm with you guys and you both always welcomed me when we could return to Kansas. I know there are no words to help the pain right now. He will be sorely missed by every life he touched. Wish we could be there right now..... hopefully I can get Roger back there soon to visit everyone. May God bless and keep you! You are such a blessing to everyone there..... I have heard kind stories about you since I married into the family so long ago; only wish we lived closer.

You are all in our heart and on our mind,
Dianne and Roger Schumacher

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