January 8, 2015
9:30 A.M., Wednesday, January 14, 2015
First Reformed Church
Will begin at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, January 13, 2015
with family present 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, MEMORIALS MAY BE GIVEN TO
First Reformed Church
Hospice of Pella
Wife: the late Leona Pothoven
Ronald and Louise Pothoven
Mark and Sue Pothoven
April 4, 1926 - January 8, 2015
Melvin Pothoven was born on April 4, 1926 in Oskaloosa, IA. He was the youngest of three children born to Andrew Tunis and Nellie (Van Houweling) Pothoven. He attended Wheat Grow Grade School and following this he graduated from Pella High School with the class of 1944. He chose not to attend college, and worked for several area farmers for two years.
In 1949, Melvin joined Pella Supply Co. He started as a set-up man, then as a parts man, and later as a sales man. In 1955, he bought Pella Supply Co. After 45 years of sales and repairs of New Idea Equipment and several other lines of machinery, he sold the business to his son-in-law Marvin Seekamp.
On August 27, 1954, Melvin was united in marriage to Leona Vos at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. To this union three children were born: Ronald Dean, Mark Alan, and Sharon Eileen.
He and his wife, Leona loved to travel. They won several trips from New Idea due to sales volume, which whet their appetite for travel. Over the years, they went on a cruise and to Europe twice. They were in all 50 United States. They really enjoyed bus tours, especially the month-long winter tours. Over the years they coordinated trips with the many friends they made.
On Thursday, January 8, 2015 Melvin passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 88 years. He is survived by three children: Ronald and Louise Pothoven, Mark and Sue Pothoven, and Sharon Seekamp; seven grandchildren: Lee and Hannah Pothoven, Phillip and Joy Strickland, Trisha Pothoven, Jonathan and Melissa Hoose, Kelsey Pothoven, Lindsey Pothoven, and Travis and Wendy Albers; and five great-grandchildren: Andrew and Abigail Strickland, Wesley and Nicholas Pothoven, and Kolby Albers. Also left to cherish his memory are several nieces and nephews.
Melvin was preceded in death by his wife Leona Pothoven; parents: Andrew and Nellie (Van Houweling) Pothoven; parents-in-law: John and Henrietta (Kloostra) Vos; sister and husband: Gladys and Harold Vander Hart; brother and wife: Elmer and Viola Pothoven; son-in-law: Marvin Seekamp; grandson: Scott Seekamp; brother-in-law: Larry Eugene; sister-in-law and husband: Anna Mae and Joe Vander Beek.