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Edward J. 'Ward' Polzin

Edward J. "Ward" Polzin, 81, longtime Solon Springs area resident, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center, Hermantown.

Edward J. "Ward" Polzin, 81, longtime Solon Springs area resident, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center, Hermantown.

He was born in Beaver Dam on July 20, 1925, the son of Edward Joseph and Anna (Biese) Polzin Jr.

He earned two Purple Hearts while serving his country in the United States Marines Corps, 4th Division during World War II, serving in the South Pacific. Ward managed a mink ranch in Ketchican, Alaska for a period of time before he began his career with the State Department of Corrections. He started as a correctional officer at Waupun Prison in Waupun and retired as the assistant superintendent of the Gordon Prison Camp in Gordon, retiring in 1974 after many years of service.

He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. Some of Ward's most memorable times were spent in the woods near Solon Springs and teaching his grandchildren to fish on Lake St. Croix.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post 499.

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Ward is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Ann (Keil) Polzin; one daughter, Mary Beth (Bob) Ahlborg, Superior; one son, Greg (Jennie) Polzin, Solon Springs; five grandchildren, Drew (and his fiancee, Carissa Berglund) Ahlborg, Taylor Ahlborg , Garrett Ahlborg, Lindsey Polzin and Kyle Polzin; one special cousin, Rita Sach, Beaver Dam.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an aunt and uncle, Evie and Pat Laughlin; and a special cousin, Audrey Zahn, all of Beaver Dam.

Visitation begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Solon Springs, and continue until the 11 a.m. funeral service with Pastor Dennis L. Bergeson officiating.

Burial will take place at a later date in the Veteran's Cemetery, Spooner.

Ward's grandchildren will be recognized as honorary pallbearers.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made in Ward's name to our Savior's Lutheran Church, Solon Springs or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Georgia Brunette, SMDC-Superior and the staff at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown for the wonderful care they offered Ward during his stay there.

The Downs-LeSage Funeral Home, 1304 Hammond Ave., Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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