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James Alve "Jim" Poterbin (1928 - 2012)

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James "Jim" Alve Poterbin, 84, beloved father, grandfather, and brother, entered into heaven on November 25, 2012.

Services will be held December 8th, 2012 at 1:00 pm, located at Parkview Christian Church in Sedalia, Missouri, with Rev Rodney Brown and Rev Sam Hinkle Officiating. His ashes will be buried with wife, Sarah, at Clinton Memory Gardens in Clinton, Mo, at a private family service.

He was born January 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Kansas, to John and Rose Poterbin. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Jim lived and raised his family in the KCK area. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for several years, Tobin Construction, and then General Motors for almost 30 years. After retirement, Sarah and he moved to Edwards, Mo and lived there until 2008 when they moved to Sedalia, Mo. In June, 2010, Jim moved to Wasilla, Alaska to be with his daughter, Marian. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla.

Dad loved to stay busy and help others. He was a great mechanic, perfectionist painter, meticulous gardener and happiest when he was busy tinkering or fixing something. During his younger days he was always busy working at General Motors, raising kids or working a second job. After retirement he spent many years in the community of Arrowhead in the Ozarks taking care of summer homes, volunteering at church, the fire department and community patrol. Dad assisted family, friends and neighbors to meet whatever needs they might have. He was a devoted Christian, gentleman, wonderful husband and father to fourteen children.

He leaves behind his children: Michael Poterbin, wife, Nancy; Judy Chapman, husband, Ray; Marian James; Pam Arsenault; Lori Paro; Bill Fellman; Rebecca Dernovish; Crystal Poterbin; Thomas Poterbin, wife, Kathy; stepchildren: Jim Butler, wife, Kay; Steve Butler, wife, Cheryl; Barry Butler and Brad Butler. He also leaves behind 33 grandchildren; 49 great grandchildren; Brothers: John and Jerome Poterbin and sister, Mary Lou Busby.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Poterbin; stepson, Greg Butler; brother, Joseph Poterbin; mother, Rose McLaughlin; father, John Poterbin and first wife, Verma Poterbin.

Arrangements were cared for by Valley Funeral Home, Please visit Jim's online obituary and guestbook at alaskanfuneral.com

Published in SedaliaDemocrat.com on Dec. 4, 2012
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