Terry L. Politsch


SUBLETTE - Terry L. Politsch, 80, of Sublette, departed this life on Feb. 10, 2021 at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota.

Visitation will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. A funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Ken Gibson officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded afterward and burial will be at Restland Cemetery, Mendota at a later date.

Terry was born May 23, 1940 in Sublette, the first-born son of Ivan and Lois (Pierce) Politsch. He married Christie Smith on April 16, 1961.They later divorced. He married his current wife, Mary Rodriguez, on Nov. 29, 1985.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; three daughters from his first marriage, Deb (Dan) Hochstatter and Darci (Gary) Kettleborough, both of Mendota and Darla (Eric) Stroyan of Bloomington; two stepsons, Dan (Jenny) Pakenham of Rochelle and Brian (Cass) Pakenham of Colorado Springs; his beloved grandchildren, Brett (Sami) Hochstatter, Mallory (Josh) Martin, Alyssa (Brandon) Scheppers, Aaron (Paige) Kettleborough, Taylor Kettleborough, Emma, Ethan, and Ella Stroyan, Dillan (Allison) Pakenham, Kailee (Bill) Longmire, and Addison and Paige Pakenham; 10 great-grandchildren, Calvin, Eastyn, Josie, Hadley, Colton, Harrison, James, Tate, Noah, and Sophia; and one sister-in-law, Marie Politsch of Colorado.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gary; the mother of his children, Christie; one sister in-law, Marjorie; and one granddaughter, Taryn Pakenham.

Terry graduated from Amboy high school in 1958. Throughout his life he worked for Black Brothers Co. in Mendota and then later worked for Vaessen Brothers Chevrolet Sublette. He also worked alongside his father on the family farm and continued farming throughout his life until his retirement. He took pride in maintaining his John Deere equipment and his Chevrolet vehicles. He enjoyed dining and socializing at many local restaurants. He was always eager to talk to people and tell it like it is, right or wrong, and most of the time he was right.

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.merrittfh.com.