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John Kenneth Polin
Northwest Okalhoman
27 Dec 1984

John Kenneth, son of Leroy Samuel and Mary Ellen Polin, was born June 20, 1921, at the family home near Catesby.

After graduation from Shattuck High School he spent 4 1/2 years in the Naval Air Force. Soon after his discharge he and Loretta Venable were married July 30, 1946.

They resided in Tulsa two years where Ken, as he was affectionately know, attended Spartan School of Aviation.

In July of 1951 they extablished Ken's Drug. He spent 25 years transforming it into a local legend especially for the youth. There was always a place to go after a movie and a ball game and on a date. Ken committed himself to aiding the community and building Shattuck. He will always be remembered by the youth of the 50's and 60's for his special caring. There were rides home after ball practice, small loans, the friendly advice, and for several, help with further education.

In 1959 and 1962 Kenna Sue and Janna Lee became Ken's special joy.

He and Loretta bought a second home in Hot Springs Village, Ark., in 1980.

Ken gradually cut back on farming and they spent most of their time in Arkansas.

In September of 1981 he established a business in Arkansas where he again became a well known man in the community. Ken was justifiably proud of his accomplishments but he was always the same quiet friendly person.

Ken was baptized in the Catesby Community Church while a young boy. During most of his life he was not active in a church but he lived an exempliary life. He was always honest and he gave the advantage. There were many unknown acts for those less fortunate - boxes of toys at Christmas, baskets of food and small loans never expected to be repaid.

In the last month of his life he spent many hours in prayer.

Living members of his family are his wife, Loretta Polin; his daughters, Kenna Polin Ashpaugh and Jann Lee Polin of Shattuck; a son, Jimmie Schwab of Beverton, Ore; his son in law, Larry and granddaughters Kari and Kyla Ashpaugh of Shattuck. Also his sisters, Violet Igou of Perryton, Tex., Geneva Hunter Athens of Satanta, Kan., Pauline Crail of El Monte, Calif., and Irene O;Hair of Deerfield, MO. There are also a number of nieces and nephews including three of the closest to him, Carl O'Hair, Wyvonne Herber and Mildred Barth, and a dear sister in law, Elva Polin.

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