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Gene Pottebaum

Rock Valley, Iowa: Eugene “Gene” Pottebaum, 83, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Lyon Manor in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Gene’s family will be having a private family memorial service. Visitation, with family present, will be held Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Porter Funeral Home in Rock Valley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left for the Gene Pottebaum Family. Condolences may be left for the family at www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Eugene Pottebaum, son of Anton and Anna (Pick) Pottebaum, was born March 18, 1932 near Alton, Iowa. Gene was united in marriage with Eileen Dreckman and to this union 15 children were born. The couple later divorced. Gene was a dairy farmer for many years. He enjoyed collecting John Deere toy tractors and was also an avid fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins. Gene was a talented woodworker and enjoyed making toy chests for his grandchildren. Gene was a jokester at heart.

Gene is survived by his 9 children, Dean (Roxy) Pottebaum of Paullina, Iowa; Doug (Patti) Pottebaum of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Denny (Nina) Pottebaum of Sioux Falls; DeAnn (George) Drewes of Rock Rapids, Iowa; Doreen (Brian) Kuca of Dante, South Dakota; Donnie (Kathy) Pottebaum of Brandon, South Dakota; Dawn (Glen) Bakker of Rock Valley; Darla (Michael) Hart of Arlington, Massachusetts; and Darin (Speical Friend, Marilyn) Pottebaum of Lester, Iowa; 26 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 6 children, Denise, David, Duane, Dale, Dana and Danielle; 2 brothers, Tony and Howard; and 2 sisters, Bernice and Tarsella.


5:30 - 7:30 p.m. ,Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Porter Funeral Home ~ Rock Valley
1704 15th Street Rock Valley, Iowa, Sioux 51247

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My sympathy to the family at this time.

Mary Lease Sep 29 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. He was a special uncle!

Mary Jane (Thole) Fryberger Sep 29 2015 12:00 AM

Brian & Doreen and all, Thinking of you at this time. It is never easy to lose someone, especially a parent. We are praying for peace and hope you celebrate his life like he wouldve wanted you to. He is in a much more peaceful place. We are here if you need us.

Bud & Bernie Koupal & family Sep 29 2015 12:00 AM

Dawn and Family...
So sorry to hear of your fathers passing, may he be flying with Angel wings to guide us all.

Donna Taylor Sep 29 2015 12:00 AM

Im so sorry for your loss.many prayers and hugs to all.I learned a lot from Gene.he will be missed and is loved by so many people

Norma Peanut Reyes Sep 28 2015 12:00 AM

Denny and Nina I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family. He sounds like a good man and I am sure he will be missed.

Sharon Sep 28 2015 12:00 AM

We are thinking of and praying for all of the family, Gene will be greatly missed!
What a hard working man he was and he deeply loved his family and their friends!
There will be a Pottebaum reunion in heaven!

Jeri and Kevin Boeve Sep 27 2015 12:00 AM

Darla and the rest of the Pottebaum gang,
I am so sorry for your loss but what a legacy he has left in his children! I know a little bit of Gene lives on in each of you. Praying for comfort through this time.


Beth McSpadden (Carolan) Sep 27 2015 12:00 AM