William Michael "Mike" Polen, Sr., 75, of Columbus, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, at Willow Park Nursing Home in Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
Mike was born in Canton on Jan. 30, 1942, a son of the late William Kerr and Anna Marie (Cronin) Polen. He was a member of Holy Rosary St. John in Columbus, and a 1st Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He served in the U. S. Navy Reserve and is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Naval Institute.
He worked as a College Professor at Ft. Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. and Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, Mike earned a BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech, an MBA in International Business, from Georgia State University, and a PhD in International Business from Georgia State University.
Mike is survived by two daughters, Anna Marie Polen, and Angela Michelle Laramer, of Somerville, Mass.; and a son, William Michael (Kateri) Polen, Jr., of Rockford, Ill.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Minerva, with Celebrant Fr. Victor Cinson. Friends are invited to call Wednesday, one hour before mass at the church. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery. Friends may express condolences at www.bartleyfuneralhome.com.