Roland G. Pollak, 86, of Lititz, was surrounded by his family when he passed away at his home on September 7, 2014. One of 13 children, he was born in Detroit, MI to the late John and Bertha Pollak. The husband of Clara Maslowski Pollak, they shared 59 years of marriage.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a Warrant Officer and Purple Heart recipient. Roland served in World War II in the Pacific Theater, Korean Conflict and Vietnam War. Through his years in the military, he lived in 33 different countries and was fluent in 14 languages.
Roland studied psychology at different universities while in the service and taught as a professor while in Switzerland. He worked for the Secret Service/CIA prior to his retirement from the Army and was a Master of martial arts.
Devout in his faith, he was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Lititz. Roland was a Life Member of both American Legion Garden Spot Post 56 and Lititz VFW Post 1463. He was a member of the Mensa Society and author of numerous books on child psychology.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, ClareAnn Kreider, wife of Kevin, Brunnerville; Vera Lettich, wife of Stephen, Lititz; Roland J. Pollak, husband of Andrea, Lititz; 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews in Vermont and Michigan. He is preceded in death by his 12 siblings.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, on Wednesday, September 10th, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend James O'Blaney officiating. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial with Military Honors will be in Memory Gardens, Ephrata.
Donations in memory of Roland may be made to Hospice and Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. To send online condolences to the family, please visit: www.richardheiseyfuneralhome.com.
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