James N. Potratz

James N. Potratz, 59, of Hawkeye, died Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, following a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Sumner with Rev. Robert Burchfield officiating. Interment will be in Wilson Grove Cemetery, rural Sumner.   Friends may call from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday.  

James Neal, son of Orval and Variena Schulte Potratz, was born August 27, 1953, at Sumner, Iowa. He was baptized June 29, 1962, at the First Baptist Church in Elgin after he accepted the Lord as his savior. He graduated from Sumner High School in 1972, and attended North American Baptist College in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jim worked with his uncle, Ed Schulte building homes on Cape Cod and also worked for a brief time on the Cape as a veterinarian technician. It was on Cape Cod that he met and married Lynda Herr and they were married on December 6, 1986, at Brewster Baptist Church. Shortly after the birth of their daughter in 1988, they moved to the Hawkeye area. Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sumner. He enjoyed collecting license plates, fishing, hunting, breeding cockatiels, and reading, especially the bible.

In addition to his wife, Lynda of Hawkeye, he is survived by one daughter, Elsa Potratz of West Union; one granddaughter, Hailey Church, at home with her mother; his mother and stepfather, Variena and Loyd Hofer of Sumner; a sister, Linda (Roger) Hagedorn of Sumner; two brothers, Michael (Karin) Potratz of Sumner and Jeffrey (Patti Nefzger) Potratz of Fayette; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father. 


Wendy O. on January 13, 2013 at 7:34 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you Lynda and your family. I Thank you for letting me spend those moments with you at the hospital, I am so sorry for your loss.
Pam Houdek nee Smith on January 9, 2013 at 8:52 PM said:

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and will keep you in my prayers.
Janet Copp on January 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM said:

Keeping the Potrazt family in my thoughts and prayers with deepest sympathy.
Aideen Vega-Van Auken on January 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM said:

As water flows to the oceans, return to the sky and fall as rain again, so will sweet memories of Jim return to comfort those that miss him.
Tammy Land on January 8, 2013 at 8:06 AM said:

My deepest sympathy and prayers to your family for youd loss.
Mike & Nancy Petersen on January 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM said:

Our sincere sympathy to the Potratz family - you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Ronald & Connie Schlatter on January 7, 2013 at 8:40 PM said:

We send our sympathy to the entire family but especially to his brother Jeff and Patti. This is a sad time for all and we pray the eternal promise of Jesus will bring you all comfort, strength, and peace during this difficult time.
Fred and Sue Herr on January 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM said:

Our thoughts and love are with you, Lynda and Elsa, as you say goodbye to Jim. We loved Jim and he'll be missed.
Denise Haupt on January 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family at this sad time. He is at peace now no more pain or suffering.
Brian & Melissa Boess on January 7, 2013 at 9:15 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Potratz family.

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