Garden Chapel

Howard J. Pothoven

September 12, 2015
Pella, Iowa

Private family burial will occur prior to the service 
10:30 AM, Friday, September 18, 2015
Trinity Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa 

2:00 PM, Thursday, September 17, 2015
Family present 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Trinity Reformed Church

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to:
Trinity Reformed Church or Wesleylife at The Cottages

In Memory Of

Howard J. Pothoven
Pella, Iowa
(Age 71)

July 1, 1944 - September 12, 2015

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Howard James Pothoven was born to Lester and Johanna (Blom) Pothoven on July 1, 1944, in New Sharon, Iowa.  He passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Pella.

Howard attended Sully Christian Grade School, was a 1962, graduate of Lynnville Sully High School,  graduated from Central College in 1966, and earned his Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Iowa State University in 1971. 

Howard met Pam Schuttinga while teaching  in Prairie City, and they were married on August 6, 1968, in Prairie City.  To this union, they had three children:  Traci Lynn, Kelly, and Kevin.  Throughout Howard's career, he was a coach and teacher in Prairie City for five years, a high school guidance counselor and coach in Denison and Pleasantville for three years, worked at Marion County State Bank for 25 years, elected as Marion County Supervisor for eight years, and retired in 2011.  During his career, Howard also made time for farming and working with hogs and cattle. 

Howard had a passion for Marion County Friends of 4-H and Youth Foundation, and served on the Marion County Pioneer Cemetery Commission.  He had a love of sports and enjoyed playing basketball, fast pitch softball, golf, and volleyball.  He was also a Rotary Club member and a Pony League Coach.

Howard and Pam are members of Trinity Reformed Church in Pella where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and assisted with building fund drives.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Pam; children: Kelly (Steve) Schwen of Chanhassen, Minnesota, Kevin (Stephanie) Pothoven of Clive, Iowa; grandchildren: Lauren, Lily, and Luke Schwen, and Sophia and Stella Pothoven.  Howard is also survived by his siblings:  Bob (Jan) Pothoven of Kellogg, John (Pam) Pothoven of Oskaloosa, Lois (Simon) Ugwuoke of Raleigh, North Carolina, Ray (Mary) Pothoven of Pella, Virginia (Allan) Vander Hart of Ada, Michigan, Murray (Kendra) Pothoven of Kellogg, and Kent (Bev) Pothoven of Sully.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law Marla Winegar of Altoona.

Howard was preceded in death by his infant daughter Traci Lynn, parents Lester and Johanna, brother Danny Pothoven,  nephew Doug Vander Hart, brother-in-law Marv Winegar, and his parents-in-law Art and Norma Schuttinga.

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