7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Mr. Keesler Polk, Jr.

Born Into Time: May 03, 1942
Born Into Eternity: September 04, 2017

Keesler Polk Jr was born on May 3, 1942 in Greenwood, MS to the union of Mamie and Keesler Polk Sr. Keesler was the fifth child of ten children, his parents preceded him in death.  Keesler graduated from McKinley Elementary School and attended Crane High School in Chicago, IL.

While a young man Keesler married Charlotte Young and to this union four children were born.

While driving his #20 Madison bus, he picked up a passenger (Maryna) each day, who later became his wife. This happened in 1971 and they married on May 30, 1981. To this union their three children were born.

Keesler loved his family more than he loved himself. There is nothing he wouldn’t do for his family or his friends. Keesler enjoyed the company of others and encouraged gatherings that brought people together, like his CTA family, his IDOT family and the infamous “Alley Cats.” He was a great debater, loved to fish and was known for his cooking skills. His grilling was also well known. According to friends, when you saw the white smoke, you knew he was grilling.

Once you met Keesler, you were never a stranger to him. He left an impression that you could not forget. He helped those in need, always showed compassion without judgement and unconditional love. To know him is to love him. The words here today cannot begin to describe the scope of his passion for his family and friends.

Keesler’s relationship with God was personal, but evident. The hardest working man was called home to rest September 4, 2017 (Labor Day).

He leaves to cherish his memory and carry on his legacy; his wife of 36 years, Maryna S. Polk; four daughters, Yvonne, Donna, Jacqueline, Monica (Terrance); three sons, Kenneth, Karl (Tiffany), Brian (Chanel). His daughter Dionne preceded him in death. Seven siblings; Walter (Christine), Mary, James (Elaine), Lee, Alice, Felma (Aron), Dorothy. One brother and sister, Sylvester & Willie preceded him in death. Twenty-seven grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and an entire host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and an abundance of friends.

Public Viewing:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
12:00PM - 5:00PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Visitation / Family Hour:
10:00 AM
Service Time:
11:00 AM
Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church
8210 S. Cornell Ave
Chicago, IL 60617


Lincoln Cemetery
11900 S. Kedzie Ave
Alsip, IL 60458


#8 Monica Young 2017-09-22 05:00

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. Your words of wisdom have helped guide me through life. As I go through each day and I’m faced with challenges, I think to myself “what would my dad do?” You were an impressionable man and your legacy will live on.

I miss you so much, but I know you’re watching over me. I love you more than words dad.

#7 A. Booker 2017-09-19 08:18
May you find comfort in knowing that your dear one is safe in the memory of God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again.
#6 Stephen Moore 2017-09-14 15:20
May Jehovah God give you and your family the comfort you need.
"Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, who comfort us in all our trials"... 2Corinthians 1:3,4
And have hope in Jehovah God, that we will see Mr. Polk again soon.
"And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection".. .Act. 24:15
Mr. Stephen and Yadira Moore.
#5 Ottie Andre Bryant 2017-09-12 15:16
Dear Mrs. Polk:
May your memories help to sustain you.
SO VERY SORRY for for your loss.
Ms. Bryant and Ms. Judge
#4 Ottie Andre Bryant 2017-09-12 15:15
Mrs. Polk:
We are so VERY SORRY for the loss of your dear Husband and Friend. May your Memories help to sustain you.
Ms. Bryant and Ms. Judge
#3 Christy Marquez 2017-09-12 06:34
Dear family,
Soon we will ask, Death, where is your victory? Death where is your sting? (1 Cor 15:55) Why, because Jehovah himself has promised mankind that death will be no more. As well as the distresses associated with death will be no more. The former things have passed away. ( Rev 21,:4)
May the God of all comfort continue to be with you.
#2 Kenneth Polk Sr. 2017-09-08 20:05
Pops, words can't express the sadness in my heart. Your passing has been devastating and almost crippling but we vow to move on in your memory. The best man I've ever known, I can proudly say was one of my own. Gone but never shall your legacy perish. You've left behind far too many good deeds, lessons of Love, and memories for US ALL to cherish. There was never a measure of the Love that you've given and in my heart I know your wish is for us to keep on living. Yeah we'll keep living and no doubt there troubles, hard times and bad luck, but I'm sure like always you'll be that guardian angel for all of US. Rest easy Pops, we pledge to do honor to your legacy, memory, and your name, you know by following your "just watch me and just do the same"? Pops you by far was the greatest man I've ever known, My heavy heart misses you but I'm sure you won't ever just leave us all alone!! Later Pops, Love you always!!!!
#1 Maryna S Polk 2017-09-08 09:13
My heart is heavy and I miss you dearly. Words can not express my Love.

Your Wife

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