Paul T. Potthast


Paul T. Potthast, age 72 of Highland, IL, died Monday, October 12, 2015, at Deceased’s Residence in Highland, IL.

He was born on Wednesday, March 31, 1943, in Highland, IL, the son of Raymond and Emma (nee Lunitz) Potthast.

On Saturday, November 07, 1964, he married Karen S. Potthast nee Hug who survives.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church, Highland, IL; American Legion Lee Iten Post #439, Highland, IL.

Mr. Potthast was born in Highland; he grew up in Grantfork. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1961. He enlisted into the US Air Force from 1961 to 1965 and was awarded the Courteous Air Policeman Award in 1964. He then worked for Neubauer Meat Market till 1977 as a meat cutter. In 1977 he started Potthast Cabinet Shop, specializing in artistic furniture and custom cabinetry. He owned and operated the shop until 2013 and retired because of health issues. He enjoyed watching sports and car racing, playing cards and loved training his pet dogs.

Survivors include:
Wife – Karen S. Potthast, Highland, IL
Son – Michael P. (Michelle M. Petroff) Potthast, Caseyville, IL
Grandchild – Liljana E. Petroff, Caseyville, IL
Grandchild – Roman E. Petroff, Caseyville, IL
Brother – Edward Potthast, Springhill, FL
Sister – Martha Talleur, Highland, IL
Brother – Henry (Jackie) Potthast, Highland, IL
Brother – Ray (Gladys) Potthast, Edwardsville, IL
Sister – Mary Gnaedinger, Highland, IL
Sister – Theresa Richter, Aviston, IL
Sister – Monica Rehkemper, Highland, IL
Brother In-law – Edward Moenster, Highland, IL
Special Cousin – Jeanne Goestenkors, Los Angeles, CA
Special Cousin – Karen Ward, Aiken, SC.

He was preceded in death by:
Father – Raymond W. Potthast
Mother – Emma A. Potthast
Sister – Jeanette M. “Jen” Moenster
Brother – Jerome Potthast
Sister In-law – Jeanne Potthast
Sister In-law – Jean Potthast
Brother In-law – Richard Talleur
Brother In-law – Vincent Gnaedinger
Brother In-law – Jerome Richter
Brother In-law – David Rehkemper
Brother In-law – Rev. Calvin Bremer
Sister In-law – Phyllis H. Bremer
Godfather – Vincent Goestenkors
Godmother – Eleanor Goestenkors
Mother In-law – Edna Hug-Riepshoff
Father In-law – Milton W. Hug.

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Friday, October 16, 2015, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 16, 2015, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL., with Rev. Fr. Paul Kala, Pastor, St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Greenville, IL, officiating.

Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School Educational Foundation, Friends of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Heartland Hospice, or a Charity of Donor’s Choice.

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249

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