The Lord called Michael Polos home Thursday, April 28, 2016.
Mike was born in Brackenridge, Pa., to Greek immigrant parents George and Bess Polychronakis. He had three sisters – Pearl, Mary and Helen, all deceased.
Mike was a World War II veteran who proudly served this country in the Pacific Theatre and Japanese Occupation with the 81st Infantry.
He was a R&D researcher with Gulf Oil, studying fuels, and a member of the Gulf Racing Team.
While in Florida, he joined Prat Whitney Fiber Optics to work on the Star Wars Project and Hubble Telescope.
Mike was an active community member in Murphy. He was the oldest charter member of Appalachian Crafters, a three-term president of Ranger Community Club, owner of Papu Ceramics, teaching class throughout the area and participating in craft events.
He was a life member of the VFW Post 6812, Hayesville, and a member of the American Legion and DAV in Murphy.
His hobbies included camping, traveling, auto racing, model trains and working with his hands.
Mike is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter, Becca Stillwell and husband John of Natrona Heights, Pa.; one stepson, Mark VanVleck of South Lyon, Mich.; one step daughter, Cynthia VanVleck of St. Clare Shores, Mich.; six grandchildren, Jon Fodi and wife Lia, Rachel Fodi Bouchard and husband Brandon of Pittsburg, Pa., Angela Pitrowski, Jay Richard Anderson and wife Kim, Genevieve Purcharoni, Derek VanVleck, and eight great-grandchildren, all of Michigan; one nephew, Nick Kratasas, wife Nina and son Christopher of Pittsburg, Pa., and one niece, Pattie Moschonas of Middletown, Md., daughter, Anna Legg and son Louis Moschonas.
Funeral services were held at noon Saturday, April 30, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Murphy. The Rev. Brian Saraney of Calvary Chapel Mountainside and the Rev. L.B. Adams officiated. Military honors were conducted by VFW Post No. 10222, Joe Miller Elkin American Legion Post No. 96 and DAV Chapter No. 73 and American Legion Post No. 532 of Hayesville and VFW Post No. 6812 Hayesville. Entombment was held Wednesday, May 5, at Greenwood Memorial Park in Lower Burrell, Pa. The Rev. Jeffery Vanderhoff officiated.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Townson-Rose Funeral Home in Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post 6812, P.O. Box 825, Hayesville, NC 28904.
You may send tributes to the Polos family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.