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Joe Polka

April 29, 1934 — June 6, 2022

Sylvester Joseph “Joe” Polka, Jr., 88, of Pleasant Hill, was born April 29, 1934, in Spangler, Pennsylvania, the son of Sylvester J. Sr. and Anna (Sewalish) Polka. He departed this life, Monday, June 6, 2022, at the Crown Care Center in Harrisonville.

Joe was a 1952 Spangler High School graduate.  He earned his MBA from the Park College in Kansas City.

On April 2, 1965, he was united in marriage to Marian Catherine Reiff in San Antonio, Texas.  She preceded him in death on June 4, 1983.

Joe worked Communications for the United States Air Force retiring as Master Sergeant after 23 years of service.  He was later employed as an Electrical Engineer for Torotel in Grandview.  He served as a docent for the Kansas City Zoo until taking a position with the Missouri Department of Conservation where he spent many years working at the Burr Oak Woods Conservation Area in Blue Springs.  He enjoyed gardening, playing computer games, refinishing antique furniture, and his time volunteering at the zoo and Burr Oak.

Joe was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

He is survived by his son, Michael E. Hoff, DVM, of Ft. Meyers, Florida; four daughters, Robyn Hamilton of Pleasant Hill, Paulette (and Robert) Kovar of Blanco, Texas, Laurie Hoff of Houston, Texas, and Jennifer Polka of Harrisonville; three grandchildren, Lauren Hoff, Brandon Bowers, and Greg Bowers; other relatives and friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Department of Conservation and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements: Stanley-Edenburn Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550


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