IN MEMORIAM: IBEW Local 1439’s Ronald L. Potthoff


Ronald Potthoff, a member of IBEW Local 1439 for over 39 years, passed away May 11, 2023 at age 80.

He was the beloved husband of Diane M. Potthoff (nee Van Dillen); loving father of Tina (Kent) Pollpeter; grandfather of Anna and Henry Pollpeter; brother of Larry, Walter Jr., and JoAnn; brother-in-law of James (Donna) Van Dillen, Mark (Kathy) Van Dillen, the late Ruth Biri and the late Michael Van Dillen; our dear uncle, cousin and friend of many.

Brother Potthoff grew up in Overland, Mo. graduating from Ritenour High School in 1961. He was a very proud veteran of the United States Army. He was also very proud of his time spent with Union Electric and Ameren before retiring from a career as a lineman.

He spent his spare time on many hobbies, including yard work, and collecting antiques and toys. He was known to be the planner of family trips. He will be remembered as a loving soul who spent time with not only his family, but pets and other animals as well.

A funeral service was held May 21 at Collier’s Funeral Home in St. Ann followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks. Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association at


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