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Ronald Marvin Pottebaum

November 22, 1942 — October 6, 2019

Ronald Marvin Pottebaum, 76, of Pierson, IA died on Oct. 6, 2019 at his home near Pierson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, IA with Father William McCarthy officiating and Deacon Rick Roder assisting.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA.  Graveside military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 220 and V.F.W Post 3328 of Remsen. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, with the Knights of Columbus rosary and a vigil prayer service at 5 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  Visitation will resume 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  

Ron was born on November 22, 1942 to Martin and Evelyn (Galles) Pottebaum in Remsen. He was raised in Remsen and later Sioux City, he received education at Heelan Catholic and joined the Marine Corps at age 17.  Ron served 4 years in the Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific specializing in cryptography and communication.

In a stroke of extreme good luck and fortune, he married Judy Schroeder on January 18, 1964. They lived on an acreage south of Remsen where he kept a large apple orchard. He worked as an electrician.

He was a member of Remsen Saint Mary’s Catholic Church. He was a Knight of Columbus and a proud member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

His hobbies included caring for his apple orchard and garden, and playing endless games of pinochle and poker. He delighted in sharing tales of his time in the Marine Corps and was an accomplished Judo practitioner. Most of all, Ron loved his family.

Survivors include his wife,  Judy of Pierson, IA; his children, Camie (Bob) Stoltenberg of Harlingen, TX, Ron (JoAnn) Pottebaum of Roberts, WI, John (Glenna) Pottebaum of LeMars, IA, Tom (Jena) Pottebaum of LeMars, IA, Dawn (Matt) Meyer of Shelden, IA, Jamie (Todd) Parman of Marian, IA, Kristy (Brett) Carpenter of Council Bluffs, IA; 21 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren; his siblings, Darlene (Johnny) Dickes of Sioux City, IA, Shirley (Joe) Stoll of Primghar, IA, Doris (Ron) Gettner of Sioux City, IA, Clarice (Dan) Groff Remsen, IA, Betty (Ron) Heidesch of Bishop, GA, Ken Pottebaum of Sioux City, IA, Joyce Sunclades of Bellevue, NE, Mike (Pam) Pottebaum of Dakota Dunes, SD, Marty (Kandy) Pottebaum of Sioux City, IA, Mark (Lynda) Pottebaum of Lawton, IA, Julie Pottebaum of Remsen, IA; In-laws, Marlene (Jerry) Harpenau Remsen, IA, Bob Schroeder of LeMars, IA, Janice Wurth of LeMars, IA, Linda Schroeder of Remsen, IA, Diane (Jerry) Vaske of Remsen, IA, Nancy (Butch) Tentinger of Remsen, IA, Pam Poeckes of Remsen, IA, Joyce (Dan) Ruden of LeMars, IA, Peg Arens of Remsen, IA, Susie Steichen of LeMars, IA.  

Preceded by his parents, brother, Cy (Mary) Pottebaum, two sister’s, Janice McGinnis and Suzanne Pottebaum in infancy, In-laws, Mike Sunclades, Margie Schroeder, Richard Schroeder, Mark Poeckes, Lou Arens and Michael Schroeder.

Casket Bearers: Bob Stoltenberg, Tom Pottebaum, Ron Pottebaum, Matt Meyer, John Pottebaum, Brett Carpenter and Todd Parman.
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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

4:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments

310 Fulton St, Remsen, IA 51050

Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, with the Knights of Columbus rosary and a vigil prayer service at 5 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home

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