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St. Mary's Church - Alton, IA
Sunday September 19th, 2021
4:00pm - 4:00pm

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Thomas Pottebaum

In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations to the Alton Ambulance, 905 3rd Ave. Alton, IA 51003 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 609 10th Street, Alton, IA 51003.

Thomas I. Pottebaum, 61 years old, of Alton, IA, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 at Orange City Area Health System in Orange City, IA. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with Father Daniel Greving officiating and Deacon Dan Goebel assisting. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a parish rosary and vigil prayer service at 5 p.m. all at the church.  Visitation will resume one hour before the service on Monday at the church.

Tom “Goog” was born Aug. 10, 1960 at LeMars, IA, the son of Howard & Doris (Schwarz) Pottebaum.  He was raised near Alton and received his education from Floyd Valley Schools, graduating in 1979.  He worked with his father on the family farm then he had his own acreage where he raised cattle.  

Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.  He enjoyed socializing with his friends especially Zac De Haan and Carter Hanson.  

Survivors include his mother, Doris Pottebaum of Alton; his siblings, Tim (Karen) Pottebaum of Sheldon, IA, Mike (Sheila) Pottebaum of Granville, IA, Kathy (Paul) Meis of Oyens, Iowa, Laurie (Gene) Krump of Worthing, S.D and Jim (Kris) Pottebaum of Alton, IA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Preceded by his father, Howard, his grandparents and one nephew Alex Pottebaum. 

Casket bearers will be Zac De Haan, Carter Hanson, Bob Reichle, David “Bear” Heddens, Leon Schwebach, David Newman.

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Dear Doris and Family. Tom was one in a million.He always had a big smile and teased me to make me laugh. I will miss him alot but I`m glad he is done suffering.Heaven is a brighter place with him there.Rest in Peace my Dear Friend until we meet again. Love, Butzy and Randy

Carol Pottebaum Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Doris & Pottebaum cousins, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. Heaven gained another soul way too soon. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you as you cherish family memories. Deb Richmann / Schwartz

Deb Richmann Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Kathy and Family, My sympathies Joanie Overman

Joanie Overman Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Doris and kids: sincerest sympathy. It was a privilege to have Pottebaum Kids as students at Floyd Valley Schools.

Mary Reinders Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I have fine memories of hanging out with Tom growing up, before leaving the area after High School. From mini bikes as kids to playing football in the back yard to cruising the loop in HS. That Nova went a lot faster than the speedometer showed... He was so kind and make...

Bob Schmit Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

How many times have you ever met someone who was truly happy to see you every time? You got a hug, a slap on the back, or handshake with not one but two hands. His smile always genuine. His voice excitedly jovial. Tom Pottebaum, the world is and will remain a happier plac...

Kelly Thole Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the Pottebaum family.

Garry and Lynda Goebel Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM