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Del R. Potratz - 82

9/13/1936 - 10/9/2018

Clinton, IA

     Delmer R. “Del” Potratz, age 82 of Clinton, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in his home.  Honoring Del’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.  A private family service will be held with burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Oakland Cemetery Road Fund or First United Methodist Church. 


     Del was born in Brownsville, Iowa on September 13, 1936.  He was adopted and raised by Reinhart and Dorothy Potratz.  He graduated from Clinton High School in 1955.  Del married Jane Wyatt on September 10, 1960 in Clinton.  He was employed at Clinton Corn Processing Company, Alcoa, and Chemplex.  Del attended the First United Methodist Church and volunteered many hours of work for the last 18 years at Oakland Cemetery.


     Del is survived by his wife Jane; 4 children, Rene’ (Claudio) Schwartzman of Suwanee, GA; Shelly (Glenn) Campbell of Denver, CO; Daniel (Sandy) Potratz of Burlington, IA and Jennifer Potratz of Clinton; 6 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter and 2 sisters, Carol Perkins and Mary Ann Wilsef.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Ryan and his sister, Dixie. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at


Honoring Del’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A private family service will be held with burial at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Oakland Cemetery Road Fund or First United Methodist Church.


  • Sylvan "Sy" Andresen

    on 10/09/18

    Jane, I am so sorry for your loss. I was on the same crew as Del when I started working at Chemplex back in 1979. I remember Del as as a very good mechanic, a good friend and most important, a very good person. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.  With our deepest sympathy Sy and Brenda Andresen


  • Ed and Ginny Wisor

    on 10/09/18

    Jane and family,

    So sorry to hear of Del’s death.

    RIP! God Bless✝️❤️

  • Mary A Wilslef

    on 10/10/18

    Dear Jane, so very sorry to hear of Del's passing, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  He will be dearly missed by all of us.  Carol Perkins passed away  January 2018, we will miss them both so very much.  May our Lord give you peace and comfort in these difficult days.   God Bless.

  • Kathy Leffler

    on 10/10/18

    So sorry for the loss of Del. It was a pleasure to know and take care of him. Sending sympathy and prayers for the entire family. He will be missed. Kathy ( Dr. Manning's Nurse)
  • Tony Hunter

    on 10/11/18


    I'm sorry to read this, but I hope my prayers for you and your family bring comfort.  May you Dad rest now and watch over you.

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