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Richard D Potrafka

January 4, 1934 — September 8, 2022

Richard D Potrafka

Richard D (Dick) Potrafka, 88, died September 8, 2022, at the Rolla Presbyterian Manor in Rolla, Missouri.

He was born January 4, 1934, in Decatur, Illinois, the son of John Rudolph Potrafka and Esther Marie (Baldwin) Potrafka. 

Dick graduated from Decatur High School in 1952 and Milliken University in 1960. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55. 

He married Mary Jane McKee on February 20, 1960, and lived in Chicago, Illinois, Springfield, Illinois, and Canon City, Colorado. They retired to Columbia, Missouri and then Rolla, Missouri.

Dick was a longtime member of Lions Clubs in Canon City, Colorado, Columbia, Missouri and Rolla, Missouri.  He was a faithful member, deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church. 

He was an avid bowler, spending several days each week at the local bowling center.

Surviving in addition to his wife Mary Jane (McKee) Potrafka, are his son Richard Mark Potrafka and his wife Susan (Stewart) Potrafka of Rolla, Missouri, and Grandson Nathaniel Stewart Potrafka and his wife Nora Elizabeth (Dunn) Potrafka of St. Peters, Missouri.

A visitation and remembrance for Richard D. Potrafka will be held Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Rolla. 

Those wishing to remember Dick in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Phelps County Dream Center, 12640 South U.S Highway 63, Rolla, MO 65401 https://www.phelpscountydreamcenter.org/.

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, September 15, 2022

4:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)

First United Methodist Church

Rolla, MO

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