Floyd Poelker

Floyd Poelker
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Floyd A. Poelker, 87, of Belleville, IL, born February 25, 1931, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Poelker was the owner and operator of Poelker’s Garage and Towing Company, which has been in business for over 100 years.  He was a member of the Operation of Engineers and was a volunteer fireman for many years.  Floyd was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Floyd loved spending time at his condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.  He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Anna, nee Weinerth, Poelker; a son, Floyd Poelker Jr; two sisters, Helen (Louis) Olvitt and Betty (Eugene) Williams; his father-in-law, George Robben; mother-in-law, Emelia Robben; sisters-in-law, Alyce Robben and Marcella (Louis) Netemeyer; brothers-in-law, Vincent Robben, George Robben, Fred Bohnenkemper, Cletus Wiedner, Harold Herbert, Alvin “Pete” Kniepmann and George Henken; and numerous friends.

Surviving are his best friend and love of his life for 65 years, Emilia Louise, nee Robben, Poelker, whom he married on April 11, 1953;
six children, Dean Poelker (fiancée, Teri Auer) of Belleville, IL, Nadine (Doug) Black of Freeburg, IL, Greg (Cheryl) Poelker of Belleville, IL, Barbara (Bruce) Augustine of Frisco, TX, Kathleen Poelker (Rick Miller) of Swansea, IL, Helen (Dave) Siebenberger of Waterloo, IL;
12 grandchildren, Melinda (Derek) Morgan of Freeburg, IL, Dan Poelker of Phoenix, AZ, Caitlin (Clay) Weier of Albers, IL, Abby Poelker of Belleville, IL, Jennifer (Josh) Schmitz of Waterloo, IL, Jessica (Alex) Schmidt of Waterloo, IL, Stephanie (Todd) Rick of Waterloo, IL, Curtis Augustine of Frisco, TX, Christopher Augustine of Frisco, TX, Lindsay Miller of Swansea, IL, Casey Miller (fiancé, Nick Seward) of St. Louis, MO, and Jami Green of Swansea, IL;
six great-grandchildren, Kallena and Annaliese Morgan, Faith Seward, Elliot Schmitz, Bailey Rick and Axel Weier;
niece, Lois Ann Linton;
nephew, Louis Olvitt;
sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Frances and Carol Robben, Florence Weidner, Mary Ann Bohnenkemper, Margaret Robben, Eleanor Henken, Rose Herbert, Frank and Patti Huels,  and Theresa Kniepmann;
numerous nieces and nephews;
and close friends.

The family wishes to thank all the visitors who have taken time to visit Floyd in his home over the last year and a half.  Thanks to the caregivers, Chris Hamann and Brian Hamilton who helped care for Floyd, and to Hospice of Southern Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly and Fr. Elmar Mauer, OMI, concelebrating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


15 Comments on Floyd Poelker

Tom Pajares said : Guest Report May 02, 2018 at 12:11 AM

I meet Floyd some 30 years ago while working at Tish's Mobil .I was pumping gas and working on tires and doin oil changes. He came in two or three times a week bringing in broke down cars in the shop. He never did have much too say until one day I ask him why he was so crabby . He replied I di not mean to be crabby I have been working my butt off, and apologized. Since that day Floyd always went out of his way to say hi to me. I will never forget that moment . REST IN PEACE FLOYD. I will never forget how nice you were to a kid that changed tires for a living. May GOD be with his family. Tom Pajares

  • Freeburg
  • IL.
ruth billhartz said : Guest Report May 01, 2018 at 3:29 PM

kathy,condolences to you and your family.sorry we cannot be with you at this sad time know our thoughts are with you. love you Lou @ ruth billhartz

  • belleville
  • illinois
Verona Schwartz said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2018 at 3:07 PM

So sorry for your loss. Verona Schwartz (Dorothy Georgen's Sister)

  • Prairie du Rocher
  • IL
JeanneMaggioStewart said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2018 at 2:48 AM

My Deepest & Most Sincere sympathy goes out to The Poelker Family. Just know that Heaven has gained another angel to watch over us..... Until we all meet again!!! May God Bless You All!!

  • Fairview Heights,
  • Illinois
Robin Kniffel said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2018 at 6:17 PM

Thoughts and prayers for the Poelker family.

  • Glen Carbon
  • IL
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2018 at 4:47 PM

Unfortunately have not had the good fortune to see Floyd over several years since I moved from Belleville. However it was a pleasure to know Floyd, use his business services on several occasions and play softball for one of his sponsored teams. I am sorry for the loss of a real gentleman. My deepest sympathy to Floyd's family.

  • Springfield
  • Illinios
Darleen D Nelson said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 11:35 PM

Milla and Family, Harry and I are so sorry to hear of the loss of Floyd. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Harry & Darleen (Billhartz) Nelson

  • Aviston
  • IL
Gary Aye said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 9:12 PM

I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Grace Fehrmann said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 5:33 PM

Milla, my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Cousin, Grace Billhartz Fehrmann.

  • Breese
  • Illinois
Tim May said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Greg and Family - So sorry to her of the loss of your father. Prayer to you and your family.

  • Columbia
  • IL
Stephanie Stenger Callan said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 10:35 AM

Wishing your family peace in this difficult time.

  • Riverside
  • Iowa
Lois A. Linton said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 5:22 AM

I understand all too well who we have lost to Our Lord’s safekeeping, but only in body & soul, my Dear Uncle, Friend & Confidant, wise of counsel, caring, & compassionate well beyond his years, a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, hard working provider, & so much more! The stories he could tell! He will have many relatives & friends to meet him up above beyond the pearly gates. His parents, his son, his sister, my mom/parents, and so many others will be there to greet him. He will not be alone! I’m so grateful for the time we were able to spend together these last few years. He knew I loved & respected him. He had a long, blessed life & passes on his wisdom, example & legacy for generations to come❣️?? ?. I will always love you Uncle Floyd & will carry you in my heart. Until we meet again. My Dear Uncle Floyd. With much Love, Your Niece, Lois A. Linton

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
June K Webb said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 3:01 AM

So sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Kay and Jeff Young said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 2:04 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Poelker family during this difficult time. While we did not know Floyd, we have been very blessed to know and love his daughter Barb. Floyd raised a wonderful daughter and we are saddened by the loss of her father.

  • Frisco
  • TX
Rob raab said : Guest Report Apr 27, 2018 at 12:09 AM

Thinking of you and your family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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