May 2, 2014


Neil Polking, 83, of Breda, died Wednesday evening, April 30, 2014, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. The celebrant will be Father Gary Snyder. Music will be by Marilyn Hundling and the St. Bernard choir. Soloists for the Mass will be Rhonda Derby, Jill Fitzgerald, Sara Canady and Abby Heim. Lector will be Marlene Goecke. Gift bearers will be Marilyn Eischeid and Diane Rosteck. Eucharistic minister will be Bev Bruning. Casket bearers will be Kevin Eischeid, Doug Eischeid, Jim Eischeid, Ken Eischeid, Frank Eischeid and Dean Bruning. Burial will be at the parish cemetery with military honors conducted by the Breda American Legion. The Breda Catholic Order of Foresters will form an honor guard for the Mass.

Friends may call after 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Sharp Funeral Home in Breda where there will be a rosary at 3 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 5 p.m.

Online condolences may be left for Neil's family at

Neil F. Polking was born Oct. 30, 1930, at Carroll, Iowa, the son of Art and Alvina (Wessling) Polking. He spent his entire lifetime in the Breda community and was a graduate of St. Bernard High School. Following his formal education Neil served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and after his honorable discharge returned to Breda.

On Aug. 22, 1953, he married Marlys Goecke at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. Neil was employed at Breda Oil and later went to work for Carroll County where he worked in the roads and maintenance department and drove a maintainer in the Breda area.

Neil was an avid baseball fan playing for a farm league team in his younger years, coaching Little League and also announcing for baseball games. He enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, gardening and loved fishing. He was a 60-year member of the Breda American Legion, member of St. Bernard Parish and St. Bernard Parish choir.

Survivors include his children: Russ Polking and wife Ann of Newton, Carol Heim and husband Joe of Cedar Rapids, and Rhonda Derby and husband John of Ralston, Neb.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his sisters: Marilyn Eischeid of Halbur and Diane (John) Rosteck of Cedar Rapids; his in-laws: Delores Kanne of Carroll, Madonna Koster of Breda, Marinell (Warren) Garnatz of LaVista, Neb., and Marlene Goecke of Remsen; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and many friends.

Neil was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Marlys in April 2009.