Donald Michael Pollvogt
Born February 26, 1938, Baptized Into the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection, Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Beloved husband of Dolores ‘Shotzie’ Pollvogt (nee Donnell) of 63 years, fabulous father of Mitch, the late Greg (Joanne), Cindy Hensley (the late George) and Doug (Alicia). Incredible Papa to Andrew, Becky (Kyle), Donnie, Dalton, Tori, Haley, George, Cecelia, and Emma Rose (Keith). Great Grandpa to Ian, Cassidy, Matthew, Alice, and John Thomas.
Son of the late Erwin and Loretta, he is survived by his sisters Patricia Konrad, Cathy Westbrook (Hugo Sellinger), and his brother Jim (Cathy) as well as the late Mary Hogan (Joe surviving). Adored cousin to the late Jackie (Don) Hogan.
Donald was born and raised in St. Louis, MO a Sacred Heart altar boy, a member of the knot hole gang at the original Busch Stadium and a SLUH High guy. It was love at first site when he met Shotzie while they were both working summers at Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Married young, Don determined the best way to provide for his growing family was to start his own business. Over the years, he successfully ran painting companies, painting and decorating services, home building companies, and ultimately developed many home sites across the region. Everyone that knew Don, knew what a hard worker he was and loved him for his joyful spirit. Don was a past President of the Midwest PDCA, the St. Louis Priory Fathers’ Club and a Webelo leader.
Always ready for a good meal and a good party, Papa loved his coffee and cookies and of course his scotch and beer. Don’s Barbecues were legendary and best enjoyed with friends and family. He indulged his beloved wife Shotzie with beautiful homes, afforded his children a Catholic education at St. Louis Priory and Villa Duchesne. He doted on his grandchildren sharing experiences with them as unique as fishing at Lost Lake, riding in the bucket of his tractor or golf cart, chopping down trees, and spending lazy days lounging at the pool on Wild Horse Creek Road.
As a self-taught keyboard and computer user, Don was quick to pen a note of encouragement to his children and grandchildren. He encouraged us to keep our souls as clean as a white horse.
Services: Visitation and funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church 15642 Clayton Rd, Ellisville, MO 63011. Visitation at 10:00 a.m. with the Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery.