Paul T. Potthast, 72, of Highland died on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at his home.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 and from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with Father Paul Kala, pastor of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville, officiating. Burial will in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born on March 31, 1943 in Highland to Raymond and Emma (Lunitz) Potthast. On Nov. 7, 1964, he married Karen S. Hug. She survives in Highland.
Mr. Potthast grew up in Grantfork. He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1961.
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He enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and served from 1961 to 1965. He was awarded the Courteous Air Policeman Award in 1964.
Mr. Potthast then worked for Neubauer Meat Market until 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.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland and Lee Iten American Legion Post 439 in Highland.
Other survivors include a son, Michael P. (Michelle M. Petroff) Potthast of Caseyville; grandchildren, Liljana E. Petroff and Roman E. Petroff of Caseyville; brothers, Edward Potthast of Springhill, Fla., Henry (Jackie) Potthast of Highland, Ray (Gladys) Potthast of Edwardsville; sisters, Martha Talleur of Highland, Mary Gnaedinger of Highland, Theresa Richter of Aviston and Monica Rehkemper of Highland; a brother-in-law, Edward Moenster of Highland; and special cousins, Jeanne Goestenkors of Los Angeles, Calif., and Karen Ward of Aiken, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jeanette M. “Jen” Moenster; a brother, Jerome Potthast; sisters-in-law, Jeanne Potthast, Jean Potthast and Phyllis H. Bremer; brothers-in-law, Richard Talleur, Vincent Gnaedinger, Jerome Richter, David Rehkemper and the Rev. Calvin Bremer; his godparents, Vincent Goestenkors and Eleanor Goestenkors; and his mother- and father-in-law, Edna Hug-Riepshoff and Milton W. Hug.
Memorials may be made to the St. Paul School Educational Foundation, Friends of St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, Heartland Hospice, or a charity of donor’s choice.