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.
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Joyce Heminghaus Senay saysJanuary 31, 2020 at 2:54 am
My cousin Don was a terrific person he loved his family very much and he loved his Aunt Lil
I’ll never forget the camp outs in the 70s in Steeleville mo great family times
Thomas Dollar saysJanuary 29, 2020 at 2:00 am
Don and I go back some 70 years past starting at Sacred Heart grade school through great grandfatherhood.
We married started our families and pursued making a few bucks. A little later we warmed up our friendship and began a little traveling and spending time together at our adjacent farms. We always had a wonderful time there. Don was always up for fun times,always.
As time moved on we had dinners together, tipped a few beverages laughed like hell at the old stories and visited one another for an evening and retold the stories.
Don and Shotzie are wonderful friends to be with (real friends).
We are truly sorry for your and the family loss.We know you will miss Don and so will we!
Gail and Tom
(Need anything let me know)
Roy Gall saysJanuary 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm
Shotzie, so sorry to hear about Don’s passing our prayers are with you and your family Roy and Donna Gall
Teresa Nichols saysJanuary 24, 2020 at 10:59 pm
Don was always so kind and generous to me and my children. He always made me feel loved and welcome anytime and anywhere. He always had kind words and loving encouragement through the years and made me feel like family. He will be greatly missed by me and all my children. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Sincerely Teresa Nichols (Emma’s mom)