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David J. Pothof - 26

12/3/1993 - 5/29/2020

Clinton, Iowa

     David J. Pothof, age 26 of Clinton, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020 at Mercy One.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home.  At 3:00 PM the family will be going to the river to visit David’s favorite fishing spot for a balloon release and then over to Time Out for a Celebration of Life.


     David was born in Iowa City on December 3, 1993, the son of Eugene and Dena (McClain) Pothof.  He graduated from Clinton High School where he was a member of the Clinton High Bowling Team.  David was employed by ESB at Ralston Purina.  He enjoyed playing pool, fishing, camping, music, socializing with friends and family, and having a variety of hats.  He loved to give hugs, helping others, spending time with his nieces and cousins and following the Green Bay Packers, Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs.


     David is survived by his mother, Dena McClain of Clinton; his father, Geno Pothof of Clinton; his brother, Dominic Cooper of Clinton; grandparents, Penny (Fred) Orth, Roberta Stierman and Elmer and Lorna Pothof all of Clinton; his great grandmother, Patricia (Joe) Murty of Clinton; his God Parents, Jason Hess and Amy (Brad) Schindal-Johnson and nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James McClain and his great grandparents.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Online condolences may be left at






Gathering of Friends

1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Pape Funeral Home followed by a Celebration of Life at Time Out.

Celebration of Life:

3:00 PM on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Time Out following a balloon release at the river.


  • kristal delargy

    on 06/06/20

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family, David you will be missed by many and forever loved by all rest in peace!
  • Gina Franklin

    on 06/06/20

    Family is everything. My heart goes out to my dear cousin, Dena and all of David's family and friends. To know David was to love him. RIP David, you will live in our hearts forever.
  • Dee and Richard Breuning

    on 06/06/20

    Sweet and loving David he was, we share our condolences with the family. Cousins, memories never to be forgot. We love your family and will miss your tender loving smile you share with us all. As our families gather now and in the years to come, your presence will surround our journey while being away

  • Phillip Quint

    on 06/06/20

    You'll be missed David, you were a good kid in scouts and a fine human being. May you rest in peace.
  • Christine L Lyman

    on 06/06/20

    I only met you once. But I really enjoyed our talk. Rest easy young man.

  • Johnson

    on 06/09/20

    Condolences, to David's family and loved ones. May you rest in peace. A life gone to soon. Love and Respect.
  • Johnson

    on 06/09/20

    Condolences, to David's family and loved ones. May you rest in peace. A life gone to soon. Love and Respect.
  • Sandy Thompson

    on 06/11/20

    So sad to hear you are An Angel up in Heaven David. My heart hurts for Dena and all of her family and Geno and his. Please God, help ease their pain. Amen
  • Rita Forest

    on 06/11/20

    Dena, I'm so very sorry for your loss.  I only met him once at your grandmother's funeral in Louisiana but he seemed like such a nice young man.  Dominic also.  Please give my condolences to your entire family and give your Mother a big hug from me.

    cousin Rita

  • Carole Edwards

    on 06/11/20

    Dena, I am so sorry for your loss. I am your mother's cousin and Rita's sister. Please give your mother a hug for me too. The service you have planned sounds very nice and comforting to those who loved David. May he Rest In Peace. 
    Your cousin Carole

  • Leslie and Lowell Koch

    on 06/11/20

    Dena, we are so sorry for your loss. I am also your cousin and Rita's sister. It sounds like David was a nice young man. I remember his birth, how we all prayed for him. May he now rest in peace with no more suffering. Our thought are with you and all of David's family this weekend and beyond.

    Your cousins, Leslie and Lowell

  • Bridgette Ebersohl

    on 06/14/20

    Sorry i couldnt make it david was a feiend of mine hes always willing to lend a helping hand if if ever someone was in need he use to hang out and my house where most of the teens that knew my oldest daughter and my cousin he was a very kind soul im so sorry for ur loss he will forever be in my heart he touched a lot of lives with his kind and funny spirit RIP David gone but never forgotten

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