Michael Eugene Pollare
1938 - 2020
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Michael Eugene Pollare 1938—2020
Michael E. Pollare, 82, passed away at Alpine Fireside on June 9, 2020, after a lengthy battle from the effects of a stroke he suffered in May 2016. He was born July 30, 1938 in Rockford, IL., the son of Michael and Margaret (Domino) Pollare. After graduating from Cheyenne High School in Cheyenne, WY, he worked for the Union Pacific railroad as a brakeman. While working there, he made a trip in the very famous "Big Boy" steam locomotive.
He belonged to the Wyoming National Guard and was honorably discharged before moving with his family to Rockford, IL. Michael was a proud merited deputy of the Winnebago County Sheriff's department for more than 30 years. He retired in 1993 and continued part time work in security at the Courthouse.
He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. His passion and hobby was model trains. He enjoyed going to train shows, buying and selling trains, meeting his "train" buddies for breakfast and watching the trains at Rochelle's train hub. He met his significant other, Audrey Jansen in 1991. They enjoyed many years of traveling the United States to many different destinations.
He will be deeply missed by many. Survivors include his devoted partner, Audrey Jansen; daughters Lori Pollare, and Julie (Brian) McIntyre, son Jim Pollare of Windsor, CA; grandson Christopher (Kayla) Pollare; and great granddaughter Mya whom he adored. Also survived by sister Mary Frances Harris and her children; and the mother of his children Rosemary Corey. Predeceased by parents and brother Joseph Pollare.
Thank you to Alpine Fireside and all of his friends for your love and support during these four years. Through his last years, those close to Michael admired him for his lack of self-pity and his grace and appreciation for others. He left with no false assurances, no failed promises and will be missed.
Share a memory or online condolences, visit www.gracefh.com. In lieu of flowers, a college fund will be established for Mya.
A walk-through visitation will be held Saturday, June 13 from 11:00-2:00 at Grace Funeral & Cremation Services, (Please wear a mask and practice social distancing, maximum of 10 people allowed at a time, due to Covid-19) 4301 N. Main St, Rockford, IL.

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jun. 9 to Jun. 12, 2020.
11:00 - 02:00 PM
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June 3, 2021
Mike and I became very good friends enjoying a lot of things together. we both loved model trains, going to the shooting range, going to old time farming shows, car shows and going to train shows. What a good friend he was. I do miss him very much.
Joy M. Jurs
June 11, 2020
I admired Michael, he was a wonderful man. He told me about the engine on the side of the road in Nebraska. He always was happy. My he rest in peace.
Oriel Lee Huxman
June 10, 2020
I worked in conjunction with Mike since the early 1980's when I worked in the jail and later when he and I worked at the courthouse. He was such an awesome guy and a great co worker. We shared many stories over the years. My condolences to his family.
Jamie Button
June 10, 2020
Mike was one of my very best friends, we shared our interest in model railroading, guns, flea markets. farm shows and many other things.
I will miss him dearly. So sad what he had to go through with his stroke. God bless you Mike..
Joy M. Jurs
June 10, 2020
Having spent a lot of time with Mike on Union Pacific Historical projects with with him, I enjoyed every minute of the time and memories of him.
George McKinney
June 10, 2020
We both are so saddened to read about Michael. Please know Jim and I have fond memories of when we were neighbors....many good laughs And long chats! And yes, he and Audrey loved to travel and We loved hearing about them when they returned home. And, oh how he loved his trains!
Deepest sympathy and warmest hugs
Jim & Jeannine Kleczewski
Jeannine Kleczewski
June 10, 2020
Great Guy with a great family!
Carol Moyer
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