Milton Robert “Bob” Poetting, age 94, of Ft. Madison passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Ft. Madison Community Hospital.
He was born on September 8, 1925 in Ft. Madison to Frank and Caroline Oppenheimer Poetting. When Bob was nine years old his father passed away. He became the man of the house and took wonderful care of his mother until she passed away. Bob was called to serve in the US Navy during WWII. When he returned home he met his future wife at a local dance club. On November 25, 1948 he married Lula R. Sanders in Ft. Madison. She passed away on February 8, 2008. He apprenticed and worked as a machinist for the Santa Fe Railroad for twelve years. Bob then worked at Champion Spark Plug as a machinist and retired in 1984 after twenty five years of service. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, the Ft. Madison Senior Citizens and UAW. He enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycle and going on trips with Lou. He loved playing his harmonica and was known by many in the area as the “harmonica man”. Bob loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include three sons, Gary (Kathy) Poetting of Des Moines, David Poetting of Marion and Rob (Fiona) Poetting of Ft. Madison; two daughters, Mary Lou (Scott) Cowles of Carrollton, TX and Linda Poetting of Norwalk; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Mickelsen, Collin (Nikki) Poetting, Abby (Brian) Thornburg, Dustin Cowles, Krista (Michael) Adams, David (Masse) Poetting and Matthew (Sara) Poetting and nine great grandchildren.
Friends may call after 2 PM on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at King-Lynk Funeral Home where the family will meet with friends from 4-6 PM. A wake service will be held at 6 PM. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Joseph Phung officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
A memorial has been established for Ft. Madison Senior Citizens Center or PAW Animal Shelter and online condolences may be left at www.kinglynk.com