Charles Potratz

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Charles Robert Potratz, 90, of Belleville, IL, born February 19, 1930, in Lock Haven, PA, died Sunday, August 29, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mr. Potratz worked for the Department of Defense as a civilian before his retirement and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). He enjoyed his association with the Heart Transplant Association, the National Railroad Historical Society (NRHS), and the Smithton Sportsman Club.  Charles was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, and of the Couples Club at Zion.

Mr. Potratz was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Shirley Ann Potratz, nee Winker, whom he married on June 13, 1953, and who died on December 3, 2008; his parents, Arthur Charles and Hedwig Caroline, nee Waech, Potratz; and a sister, Eleanor Potratz Beyer.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda (James) Penrod;
a son, David Potratz;
three grandchildren, J. Shane Penrod, Ryan Penrod, and Amanda (Penrod) Shoults;
12 great-grandchildren, Katrina Penrod, Braeden Penrod, Kole Penrod, Logan Penrod, Evan Penrod, Brooklyn Penrod, Annabella Shoults, Jayden Shoults, Jeremiah Shoults, Jonah Shoults, Adelaide Shoults, and AnaLise Shoults;
and a step-brother, Norman Dietz.

Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church or to NRHS.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Brian Downs officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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18 Comments on Charles Potratz

Jody McGhee said : Guest Report Oct 05, 2020 at 3:17 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I lived next to Chuck on Lucinda for about a year. He was a wonderful man and had great stories. I always enjoyed his company. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
James Family said : Guest Report Sep 05, 2020 at 7:18 AM

Very sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed knowing Chuck the past few years. He will be missed! Love and prayers to all.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Gary Knoth said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 11:39 PM

My deepest sympathy to Dave & Linda and all of the family. Chuck was a nice man and a good neighbor for many years. He will be missed by many. Sending prayers...

  • Belleville
  • Il
Dwain and JoAnne Knollman said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 9:51 PM

David and Linda, we are so sad about your dad's passing. He has been a part of our lives for over 53 years and we treasured our close relationship. Knowing well his love for trains, we made a donation to Rail Camp at the NRHS. RIP, dear Chuck. Give Shirley a big hug for us.

  • Port Angeles
  • Washington
Terry & Bev Knoth said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 9:09 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Chucks passing. I have known the family for as long as I was old enough to start remembering things. Chuck, Shirley, Linda and Dave are all wonderful people. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the entire family..

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jack Hutchinson said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 1:51 PM

So sorry for your great loss. I have enormous respect for Chuck and our many years as coworkers and friends! We carpooled together for several years. Chuck helped me build a bedroom for our three sons. He was a true friend and always available to help whenever needed. A true friend!!

  • OFALLON
  • IL
George Mason said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 1:39 PM

Family and friends of Chuck, my condolences for your loss. He was a fellow worker and friend. We worked at DISA for many years and during that time we became good friends. RIP Chuck as join our Maker. Save a place there for me . George

  • NEW Baden
  • Illinois
Mary Kay Reinhold said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 1:24 PM

I knew Chuck and Shirley through the Heart Transplant Association, and they were both such great people! I am so sorry for your loss, but am sure you have many happy memories to console you in the days ahead. Linda, I remember you also attending some of the HTA events in later years. God bless all of you!

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Gordon Cachola said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Condolences to your family. Chuck was a great supervisor 85-87. Enjoyed his company at picnics, TDYs and you won't believe it, a funny guy too. My wife too will miss him; he remained her of her brother.

  • Carlyle
  • IL
Mike and Teresa Shoukts said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 12:59 PM

Linda and family, to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and to offer you deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one.

  • Arnold
  • Missouri
Steve and Patricia Paulus said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 9:56 AM

Linda and David and other family members, my sincere condolences on your loss. I have known Chuck since I started work at DECCO in 1971. He was great to work with and I know he loved trains and railroads. He was also a good friend and fishing buddy, although I believe he liked eating his sandwiches in the boat more than the fishing. Patty and I will miss him.

  • O'Fallon
  • Illinois
Herman Schoener said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Linda and David and other family members, my sincere condolences on your loss. I worked with Chuck at that time, DECCO at Scott AFB about 1987-1989 timeframe. He was my supervisor at that time and a real fine one.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jo Barcelona said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 8:06 PM

Linda, Jim and family, so sorry for your loss, you are always in my prayers.

  • HAZELWOOD
  • MO
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 12:15 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Becky Thomas said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 11:29 AM

Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Festus
  • MO
David and Melinda Parchim said : Guest Report Sep 01, 2020 at 10:27 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. We are unable to attend the services but you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Chuck was a wonderful man and we loved hearing his stories. 💕

  • Festus
  • MO
Paul Adamonis said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:50 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Fairfax Station
  • VA
Jeff Redinger said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2020 at 8:08 PM

Dave and family, sincere condolences to you on the recent passing of your father! 90 good years, children and grandchildren, and a good career in service is a pretty run...

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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