John Pollard

John Pollard


June 2, 1935 - October 11, 2021


John A. Pollard, 86, of Mt. Vernon, SD, died Monday, October 11, 2021, at Aurora-Brule Nursing Home in White Lake, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday, October 13, at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 AM Thursday, October 14, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Plankinton, SD. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Mt. Vernon. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

John August Pollard was born on June 2, 1935. He was raised by Joe and Laura (Hedden) Pollard. They loved and cherished him as their own and officially adopted him later in life.

John graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1954. He then attended St. John’s University, an all-boys college, where he met his bride Helen of 62 years who attended the College of St. Benedict, the all-girls college, that was just down the road. John was united in marriage to Helen Rossman on August 29, 1959 in St. Cloud Minnesota.

John started his career in farming on the family farm northwest of Mt. Vernon where he lived the majority of his life. He also owned a welding shop in Mt. Vernon for a few years. He then went to work at Dakota Manufacturing in 1964 in Mitchell, SD as a foreman and later became the Director of Purchasing. In 1984 he went to work for Trail King Industries in Mitchell as the Director of Purchasing until he retired in 1998. 

He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed relaxing weekends walleye fishing at Pike Haven resort near Pierre. He also enjoyed deer hunting and pheasant hunting with his dogs at Keiffer Pheasant Hunting in White Lake, SD. He loved taking camping trips to the river with his family in the school bus he renovated into a camper. John spent many hours building and engineering his own machinery in his shop.

After his retirement John kept busy with his cattle herd on the farm and his love for hunting and fishing.

John is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, John (Sharon) of Fargo, ND, Daniel (Tabitha) of Mt. Vernon; and Bruce (Kathy) of Garretson; daughters, Katheryn (Cal) Runia of Sioux Falls, Carol (Cal) Hoogestraat of Hawarden, IA, Lori (Joe) Leader of Crofton, NE, and Barbara (Travis) Boyer of Brookings; and 20 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, James; parents, Joe and Laura; two great-grandchildren; and three brothers.

Posted by Rhonda McGregor on October 21, 2021
Deareset Helen & all of John's family - I am deeply saddened by the loss of John but I'm comforted knowing he is no longer in pain. He was such a joy to take care of at the nursing home. I could always count on getting a comment or a squeeze of the hand from him. He will be deeply missed yet fondly remembered. Prayers & big hugs to all!!
Posted by Janette and Dan Block on October 15, 2021
Dear Carol and Pollard family, I wanted you to know how sorry I was to see your father passed away, I am sure this has been a difficult week! The photos made me cry and really enjoyed seeing what a lovely family you have, May you continue to honor your father forever. My prayers are with you my dear,
Much Love, Janette (Tollefson) and Dan Block
Posted by Susie Ludwig on October 14, 2021
So sorry to hear that your father passed away. He is in a better place now and I know you will keep his memories alive. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the Pollard family.
Posted by Terry Roper on October 14, 2021
I was completely filled with tears watching the video of a great friend and a great family. I am so sorry I could not make the service. I have a love in my heart for John and Helen and those of you that I met- Dan, Bruce and Carol. I know I have met some of the Grand kids but my memory is short.
I had the opportunity to see John in White Lake and It was so good to see him.
I will forever miss him till the day God will reunite us.
Helen Carlene and I will never forget the fishing trip at Pike Haven!
John was a great friend to Chance Davis as well. I am so thankful that we were able to be there hunting together.
I know Dan, Bruce and the boys have a good hunting spot.
Can’t write much more I’m filled up with tears.
May God be with each of you.
Your forever friends,
Terry and Carlene Roper
Posted by Heather Butler on October 14, 2021
So sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed getting to know John and the Pollard family over the years. He was one of a kind and I will always remember his kind demeanor. And Jessica's graduation party:). Blessings to you all.
Posted by Darcy (Plahn) Ellefson on October 13, 2021
I saw your Dad's obituary in the paper and watched the on-line video. I recognized your picture and knew it was my respiratory therapy classmate. My deepest sympathy. He looked like he was a wonderful man.
Posted by Lowell Arens on October 13, 2021
John and my sister Beverly graduated from high school together.He was an icon in his purchasing career and known in the area as a true friend by everyone who got to know him. Our sympathy goes out to his wife Helen and family.
Posted by Alan Nicolaisen on October 13, 2021
Sorry for your families loss. I remember your dad as a devoted family man. I always enjoyed time spent at your home when I was young.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen(Jack) on October 12, 2021
Dan, Tabby, and the rest of the family... My Deepest Condolences. John was great to work with at Trail King. I pray that God will bless you with His comfort at this time
Posted by Lori and Rick Anderson on October 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss, prayers and hugs to you and your family❣️
Posted by CindyFuerst on October 12, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the Pollard family. I got to know John and Helen playing three handed pinochle. What wonderful memories
Posted by Ruth & Gary Leis on October 11, 2021
Carol and Cal. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this difficut time. God gained a new angel today that will forever watch over you. We love you.
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