Joe Poleschook, 93, of rural Max, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Joe was born Oct. 14, 1919, to Sam and Lena (Levadney) Poleschook in Viceroy, Sask., Canada. In 1923 the family moved to a farm in Ward County. Joe and his eight siblings helped their parents farm.
Joe graduated from Max High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Army in 1941. He was sent to Camp Claiborne, La., in May 1941 where he joined the 164th Infantry, Company D.
While serving overseas, he spent time in Australia, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and the Philippines. Serving in Guadalcanal was his most memorable time in the Army, especially because he was there while the Japanese attacked the island. Besides the dangers of fighting in the war, he also came down with a severe case of malaria while overseas.
Joe returned to the United States and was honorably discharged from service on Aug. 27, 1945. He proudly served his country and received the Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star, a Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation with star GO 67 HQ Americal Div 43 and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Joe returned to the farm in North Dakota shortly after being discharged, and had lived there the rest of his life. He worked construction for several years for various companies before joining the labor union in 1962. He worked steadily until his retirement.
Joe was an expert gardener who grew many kinds of vegetables in a very large garden spot on the farm every year. He was also an avid reader who religiously read the newspaper and loved National Geographic magazines. He was a very practical man and shared his wisdom about current events and history with his family. Joe was blessed with a long and fruitful life and will be missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include: brothers, Carl and Nick, both of Max, Mike, Paradise, Calif.; sister, Laura, Yuba City, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Pete, Daniel and Paul; sister, Lydia.
Funeral: Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m., in Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Military graveside service: Friday, June 7, at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Visitation: Thursday, June 6, from 2 to 6 p.m., in the funeral home.