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Thomas "Fred" Pote

November 17, 1943 - August 7, 2020
Thomas "Fred" Pote

Thomas "Fred" Pote

Born: November 17, 1943
Died: August 7, 2020
Age: 76

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     Thomas “Fred” Frederick Pote, the son of Milburn and Amy (Smith) Pote was born in Los Angeles, CA on November 17, 1943. His childhood years were spent in the Ralstan, NE area, where he attended school and graduated from Ralstan High School.

     Fred enlisted in the U.S. Marines before being medically discharged. He then worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 36 years, before retiring at the age of 60. Fred married Sandra Grussing on February 14, 2001 in Omaha, NE.

     Fred enjoyed golfing, reading, crossword puzzles, watching jeopardy and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was a San Diego Chargers fan and Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Fred was also a Sunday School Teacher, read books on tape for blind people and was a Lay Minister at church.

     Fred passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Longhouse Residence in Spencer, IA, at the age of 76. He was preceded in death by his parents.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sandra of Spencer, IA; one daughter, Erika (Terry) McCawle of Ralston, NE; 2 grandchildren, Jason and Larissa; 2 great-grandchildren, Andrew and Jessica; 2 stepdaughters, Michele Ganzert of Virginia and Tarrel Habben of Spencer, IA; one brother Wayne Pote of Omaha, NE; 2 half-sisters, Tammy Pote and Amy of Midwest City, OK; other relatives; and many friends.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, August 18, from 6:00-7:00 P.M., at Bethany Funeral Home in Vista, NE.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 3:57 AM
“Fred was a true Renaissance man of the old school. Fred loved music & played Bass in a local Omaha band that was very popular, they were once lead in band for the Rolling Stones, Freds band traveled to California in the 60s and he met & played with several famous musicians! Fred was a master mechanic who could fix anything from plumbing to Refrigeration to Electrical, and was so respected by his peers that he represented them in union management issues. FRED was a patient mentor to many fledgling golfers (like me), he was very good at chess, cribbage, and was at home in a machine shop as he was in a board room or a power car in the 'Herritage fleet" where he made excursions for years with the Executives of the UPRR. Fred had the respect of all who got to know him, and he made time for his friends ( & he had a lot of em!) Godspeed Fred! Enjoy the eternity ahead of you with your Lord!”
- Kim Cafferty
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 2:21 PM
“RIP friend, Fred helped me when I was experiencing some sadness in my life. He had a lot of knowledge about many subjects. Very realistic and adaptable. Really nice guy. My condolences to his family. ”
- Terry Waugh
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