Lonnie Polson was born July 3, 1936, the son of Howard Ivan Polson and Ella Olena Haegert Polson, in Anthony, Kansas.
He was a graduate of Okmulgee Oklahoma State Vo-Tech and his life work was spent as a mechanic, farmer and custom harvester.
He and Ruth Hoskins were married February 15, 1958 and they had been married 63 years. They made their home in Cherokee where they first owned a carwash.
Lonnie was a custom harvester who started in 1954 with Donnie Dumbler, then went with Virgil Jenkinson and in 1979 after Virgil’s accident, his son, David, went with the harvest crew until 2000. They started in Randlett, Oklahoma and finished in Chugwater, Wyoming.
Lonnie had worked for car dealerships in Cherokee beginning with Holderby Ford, then Monroe-Miller Motor Company, which became Don Miller Motor Company, and finally Bill Hurst Chevrolet. Lonnie worked as a Certified GM Mechanic for over 45 years and “turned his last wrench on Friday, April 23, 2021 in Wichita, Kansas.”
Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Jerald Murrow.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, Cherokee; three sons, Steve Polson, Wakita, David Polson, Kiowa, Kansas and Dwight Polson, Cherokee; three grandchildren, Micah Polson and wife, Taylor, Madison Polson and Morgan Polson; two sisters, Norleen Murrow and Carole Pearson and husband, Lloyd; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many other family members.
There will be a graveside service for Lonnie at 2 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Hawley Cemetery. Viewing will be first at Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. in Kiowa, Kansas from 9 a.m. until noon, Thursday, April 29, 2021. Then on Thursday afternoon, viewing will be at Lanman’s in Cherokee from 3-7 p.m. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Cherokee. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
I went to school with Lonnie at Burlington. We had many good times together. I remember one time we spent the day fishing on the Medicine. Another time Lonnie showed us how his 53″ International pickup could ride on the railroad tracks. Learned how to play pool at the Kiowa pool haul with Lonnie. Great memories! Bill!!!