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Dermont "Dutch" Poley

Obituary for Dermont E. Poley Dermont E. Poley "Dutch" passed away peacefully on August 11, 2021 surrounded by his children. His wife, Barbara Berry-Poley (Bobbi) passed away three months earlier while they were still residing in Tavares, Florida. Following her death, he moved to Michigan to be closer to his family. Dutch was born in Adrian, Michigan on April 10th, 1928 to Dermont and Esther Poley. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Louise Caulkins and Joyce Akens. He grew up in Tecumseh, MI where he was active in athletics, especially football where he was the team kicker. He graduated from Tecumseh H.S. in 1946 and then went into the Army for two years where he served as a surveyor in Japan and also played football at Fort Leonard Wood. Upon retiring from the service, he attended Eastern Michigan University and received a BA of Science in l951 and later, a Masters degree in Administration in 1953. Following graduation he was employed by the Tecumseh Public Schools for 31 years where he began as a high school teacher, then junior high mathematics and frequently referred to his students as “you hamburger”, they still affectionately called him that when they would see him in later years. He finished his career as the high school principal where he was able to present his daughter with her diploma.. During his time at Tecumseh Public Schools he coached for 27 years, football, baseball, basketball and track and also umpired. He mentored many students, loved his time as a coach and could still quote game scores many years later. He married Barbara L. Poley in 1956 and had two children, Pamela R. Poley (Tom) and Brian E, Poley. He had devoted grandchildren, Zachary Owen and his wife Katie. He married Barbara (Bobbi) Berry in 1995 and enjoyed being a father to Steve (Nancy) Berry, Cyndy (Ron) Smith, Sharon (Rocky) Harshman, Susie (Bob) Behrman and all of their beautiful grandchildren. He and Bobbi resided in both Tavares, FL and his beloved home that he built in the Hiawatha National Forest in Upper Michigan. In Tavares, he was an active member in the park with many friends and playing in the band, the Imperial West Troopers. He was well known for his banjo playing, singing and Louis Armstrong impersonations. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Elks, Moose, VFW, Am Vets and was active in the American Legion. He had a love of nature and was also an avid hunter and fisherman, skills he passed on to his son and grandson. He and Bobbi often spent time in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with friends and family where he was always successful at deep sea fishing. His final trip there was with his son and grandson and they lifted his wheelchair onto the boat so he could fish there one last time. He was happiest on the water and making music. He was a strong, good and loving man and he will be dearly missed by his family and dear friends. While at avinkcremation.com please take time to sign Dermont’s guestbook, and/or share a memory with the family. Donations in his name can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan Hospice. The Poley family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 5975 Lovers Lane, Portage, MI 49002 (269) 344-5600.

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We were good friends with Dutch and Bobbi and played a lot of cards and went to Mexico with them a few times and always had a good time with Dutch. He was a lot of fun and had a big smile especially when he got a fish!

Lois Boydston Aug 29 2021 5:25 PM

Joe and I had many shared fish stories with Dutch. Besides our happy hour with Dutch and Bobbie Smoked fish on the menus from Lake Superior. Dutch enjoyed so much. They will both be missed in ITW Loved these two friends Your all in our thoughts and prayers :pray::skin-tone-3::heart:

Joe and Joy Aug 23 2021 9:49 PM

Dear Cooks Lake neighbors, he loved it there and all of the amazing relationships he had with you all. We are all lucky to be there and I so appreciate your kindness.

Pam Poley Aug 16 2021 3:40 PM

Mr. Poley was one of my favorite teachers. His confidence in me inspired me and and is partially responsible for me eventually pursuing my PhD. My heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends.

Karen Milbauer Haswell Aug 16 2021 3:29 PM

Pam and Brian - our sincerest condolences. Many memories of him out here at Cook's Lake. Thinking of you at this very sad time.

Jack & Jill Korhonen Aug 14 2021 1:48 PM

Just one of my memories with Dutch was eating at Cracker Barrel. Said eating there was the place to go because he had stock in it. So whenever I went I made sure to tell him I was helping his stock portfolio. We chuckled alot over that.

Linda Craft Aug 14 2021 1:34 PM

Bill and Dermont playing their instruments at family gatherings. Grilled Lake Trout Help sorting out my first professional employment contract. Great smile. Fun!!! JBD

joel donaldsn Aug 13 2021 9:04 PM

We have missed Dutch and Bobbi previous summers as they made their location in Florida permanent. It took awhile to adjust them not coming back but we kept in touch. We have many good memories of our years as being a NEXT DOOR Cook Lake neighbor. (1974) Dutch and I were partners for our cribbage games and Roman and Bobbi. We shared meals too. We tried not to keep lost or won total games ...!!! We miss it all but we know they are now in a better place and not suffering. Blessings to Pam and Brian and their families. Roman and Gayle Gill . Escanaba Michigan ..Also Cook Lake. summers.

Gayle Gill Aug 13 2021 7:01 PM

Sincere condolences to Pam and Brian and all of our other Cousins. Cynthia Poley Parran

Cynthia Poley Parran Aug 13 2021 6:00 PM

Dermont and my kids Dad, Jerry Nelson, were good friends. At home, Jerry would say things like Holy Moley, Dermont Poley! Goodness sakes alive. Well, the first day of our sons Middle School experience was a little traumatic for our son. After school got out, he came running over to his dads classroom at the HS. His dad ask him what in the world was wrong. He said, Daddy, there really is a Dermont Poley! Hes at our school! Dermont got the greatest laugh out of that story!

Carol Nelson Aug 13 2021 3:15 PM

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