Robert Herman "Bob" Potts, age 78, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Avera Majestic Bluffs Hospice House in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Yankton with Rev. Ken Lulf officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post 791, SD Army National Guard and Patriot Guard Riders. Visitation will be on Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Rosary at 6:45 pm and Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday at the church.
Honorary pallbearers are Claude and Angie Pinkelman, Terry and Cheryl Pinkelman, Harold and Mary Gay Feilmeier, Bob and Marge Eddie, Charlie Jones, Jerome Promes, Mark and Julie Mooney, Betty Andresen, Sharon Wieseler, Fred and Carol Pinkelman, Ken and Jen Wieseler and Matt and Jolene Weindant.
Pallbearers are his grandsons, Dustin Mason, Tyson Leise, Devin Mason and Jarin Potts and his God children Rollie Feilmeier, David Kube, Barb Boston and Karen Wolfe.
Robert "Bob" Herman Potts was born to Alois Fredrick and Evelyn Catherine (Janssen) Potts on April 8, 1938 at Beaver Creek, Nebraska. At the age of 8, they moved to the family farm near St. James where Bob attended the St. James Catholic School. Bob graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Hartington in 1956. He farmed with his dad until May 6, 1958, when he joined the Army. Within 6 months of his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, Bob was shipped to Budingen, Germany for 1 ½ years. He was with the heavy weapons infantry and drove an armored personnel carrier and was a gunner. Bob served an additional 4 years in the Army Reserves.
On April 15, 1961, Bob married his high school sweetheart, Anita J. Feilmeier, daughter of Henry and Dorothy Feilmeier. He farmed with his dad until he purchased the family farm in 1968. Bob continued to farm his entire life. Bob's love of the land and farming were inspiring. Bob worked tirelessly farming and custom combining. He was always willing to help his neighbors and enjoyed working with them. He loved cutting wood to heat his home, caring for the land and his animals and tending his garden. He built his own bins and machine shed and could figure out how to fix anything. Bob's love of farming was so great, that even in his illness, he was there overseeing last year's harvest.
Bob loved playing cards, especially solitaire, was an avid reader of books and a master at cracking black walnuts and giving nicknames to his kids and grandkids. He shared his passion for fishing with his wife, kids, close friends and especially grandkids- whether it was a pond, creek, river or waters of Alaska.
Together, Bob and Anita, toured 47 states, Washington D.C., all the Canadian provinces, most of the National Parks, the Great Lakes and oceans experiencing God's magnificent beauty and this country's treasures.
Bob was very good to his family and deeply loved his kids and grandkids and treated his in-laws like his own. He enjoyed supporting their activities and spending time with them. Whether picking mulberries, swinging from the oak tree in the pasture, riding in the combine or feeding the calves, Grandpa will always be remembered for how he taught them to take the time to stop and enjoy being together in nature.
Bob was a member of St. Benedict and St. James Catholic Churches. He served in St. James as an EMC and on the parish council. He served on the Cedar County Election Board for many years and was an officer of the Bow Valley Park Association.
Bob is survived by his wife, Anita of Yankton; daughter, Sheri (Chico) Mason of Girard, PA and their 4 children, Dustin, Tiffany, Carissa (Tim) Tedesco and Devin; daughter, Deb (Dan) Leise of Hartington and their 3 children, Tyson, Shanna and Kallie; son, Jeff (Stacey) Potts of Riverdale, NE and their 2 children, Jarin and Jaelyn; two sisters, Donna (Joe) Reifenrath and Rosemary Wieseler of Hartington; sister-in-law, Leona Petersen of Yankton; in-laws, Denis (Delores) Feilmeier of Yankton; Charleen Kube of Crofton; Don (Charlotte) Feilmeier of Hartington; Effie (Willie) Duran of Greeley, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Alois and Evelyn Potts; in-laws, Henry and Dorothy Feilmeier; 2 brothers, Jim and infant John Potts; 3 brothers-in-law, Larry Wieseler, Bob Petersen and Ken Kube; niece, Jean (Reifenrath) Griess; and 3 nephews, Jay, Dale and Justin Feilmeier.
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So very saddened by the loss of Uncle Bob. He was a wonderful, kind man who will be truly missed.
Lisa (Wieseler) Caton
Anita and family,
So saddened to learn of Bob's death. I always enjoyed the chance to visit with both of you at Riverboat days when I was home. It sounds like you had many happy, happy years together.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Potts family. My thoughts and prayer's are with all of you at this time.
I am so sorry for your loss Anita. I did not know your husband but I know what it is like to lose one. God will take care of you and give you strength you never knew you had! I love you.
Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.
Bob and Sherie Lossie
I am sorry to hear of Bob's passing.You and your family have my deepest sympathy. May God comfort you in this difficult time.
Deanna (Pinkelman)and Tim Osienger
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