Howard R. Pottebaum, 70, of Alton, died Friday, May 21, 2004, at Orange City Municipal Hospital, Orange City, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Howard R. Pottebaum was born June 8, 1933, at rural Alton, the son of Anton J. and Anna (Pick) Pottebaum. He was raised in the Alton area and received his education at St. Mary's Academy in Alton. He was then a farm laborer in the Alton area.
He served in the U.S. Army as a medic from Feb. 25, 1954, until his discharge Feb. 13, 1956. He returned to farm with his father and also attended agricultural school at Le Mars.
On Sept. 7, 1957, he married Doris Schwarz at Granville. They made their home in Alton. In 1958 he began Pottebaum Manufacturing and invented "Sowjoy" farrowing crates. He sold this business in 1966 and they purchased their family farm near Alton where they made their home. Over the years, he expanded his farm operation and became a well-known pork producer, known to many as "Pigman."
He enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Rosary Society and Floyd Post 200 American Legion, all of Alton.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Doris of Alton; four sons, Tim and his wife, Karen, and their children Jennifer, Brian and Brad of Sheldon, Tom of Alton, Mike and his wife, Sheila, and their children Alex, Megan and Dana of Granville, Jim and his wife, Kris, and their children Brandon, Madison and Lauren of Hospers; two daughters and their husbands, Kathy and Paul Meis and their children Lindsey and Jared of Oyens, and Laurie and Gene Krump and their children Rachael and Brady of Worthing, S.D.; five sisters, Tarsella and her husband, Milo Probst, and Florence Thole, all of Alton, Berdella and her husband, Herb Schueller of Primghar, Mary Ann and her husband, Art Walker of Lady Lake, Fla., Donna Rae Krogman of Sheldon; five brothers, Ivan and his wife Clare, of Granville, Eugene of Rock Valley, Ike and his wife, Carol, of Le Mars, Arlin and his wife, Marlene of Hospers, Orville and his wife, Mary Ann of Alton; one brother-in-law, Ambrose Block of Hospers; one sister-in-law, Jan and her husband, Marv Strouth of Ashton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bernice Block; one brother, Tony; one brother-in-law, Ray Thole; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton with the Rev. John Vakulskas and Msgr. Kenneth Seifried officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Alton.
Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. There will be a rosary at 3 p.m. by St. Mary's Rosary Society, and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church. The Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is in charge of arrangements.
Casket bearers will be his six children.