Joseph John Kotrba


May 7, 1940 - January 24, 2017



Joseph John Kotrba was born May 7, 1940, at Mitchell to John and Margaret (Casper) Kotrba. He grew up west of Mitchell on his family farm and graduated from Notre Dame High School in Mitchell. On October 31, 1970, he married Bonny Reinartz at Mitchell. For many years he had a tree service, janitorial service and raised watermelons and pumpkins.  

He is survived by his wife, Bonny; two sons: Justin Kotrba of Mitchell, Waco Kotrba of Mitchell; three daughters: Michele (Scott) Rumbolz of Mitchell, Jenny Kotrba of Mitchell, Sierra (Joey) Bunker of Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Darla Kotrba of Mitchell; nine grandchildren, three sisters: Camilla Kotrba of St. Louis, MO, Suzanne Korzan of Mitchell, Marcia (Juan) Lahens of Miami, FL; and three special nieces, Kelly Reinartz of Mitchell, Carrie Tucek of Wagner and Agnes Schulz of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son, John, sister, Joan Schulz, infant sister, Frances and great niece, Crystal Schulz.



Friday, January 27, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, January 28, 2017
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Linda Lane on January 29, 2017
I loved driving out to their place and sitting with Joe and Bonnie and talking for hours. Joe had a nickname for me, he always called me Hollywood. I've always missed the whole family since I've moved. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, Joe will be deeply missed.
Posted by Mick Catalano on January 28, 2017
I only knew Joe from around town. He always had a smile and a 'friendly way' about him. An easy person to visit with. May he be resting In Peace.
Posted by Matt Wilgers on January 28, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss. I always liked running into Joe, he always had a good story or joke. He was a true legend.
Posted by Junior & Vicki on January 28, 2017
Spent many long conversations with Joe about antique farm machinery he knew it all. Our sympathy to his family. Rest in Peace Joe...
Posted by Dan and Mary Froning on January 28, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Enjoyed visiting with Joe throughout the years as neighbors. May you always cherish his memories in you heart.
Posted by Shirley Wuertzer on January 27, 2017
So sorry for your loss.Prayers to all of you
Posted by Charlie Larson on January 27, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michelle, may God be with you.
Posted by Larry Marilyn Gunnare on January 27, 2017
We got to know Joe when he worked at John Deere. I remember many times when Joe would stop by or call Larry in later years to talk about old tractors. Joe always had a friendly word wherever you saw him.
Posted by Dean Fitzler on January 27, 2017

very sorry, I can remember Joey coming in Raskin's Food with his MOM & DAD, he told me how he shot a lever action with his one arm, I always liked Joey. I will pray.
Posted by Mike & Gail Denne on January 27, 2017
So sorry for your loss, we will be praying for you all as he is in a better place, n more suffering
Posted by Gary & Kay Shafer on January 27, 2017
We send our Condolences to the Kotrba family, Joe & hiscdons c were good faithful workers, we could always depend on them to help us at our office area with tree trimming. We too enjoyed conversations with him. It broke our hearts when his young son died. May the Memories of life with Joe bring Peace & Comfort all these days.
Posted by Tom & Pat Wudel on January 27, 2017
Hugs and prayers yo all of you! Love you!
Posted by Pam Haugh Stransky on January 27, 2017
Sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Sue VanderHeiden on January 27, 2017
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs!!
Posted by Becca Wahlen on January 26, 2017
Will never forget him, he was one of the funniest people I will ever meet. He always reminded me so much of my grandma and I know they are both together in heaven watching over us now. Rest in piece Uncle Joe you will forever be missed.
Posted by Tonya on January 26, 2017
I took care of joe at FHCC off and on over the past couple years, including the night he passed. I will always remember joe for his sense of humor. He will be missed by many!! Cheers with Jim beam joe!! Fly high with all the angels!!
Posted by Marian Moneke McNeary on January 26, 2017
So sorry for your loss, we have great memories of this truly remarkable man!
Posted by Chris horner on January 26, 2017
Sorry for your loss. Prayers and best wishes for you and your family
Posted by Roger and Sandra Smith on January 26, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss,Thoughts and prayer to all the family.
Posted by Paul and Bev Thompson on January 26, 2017
We are so very sorry for the loss of your dad,Sierra. I have known him for years but didnt know he was your dad. My god help heal your heart
Posted by Robert and Deb Tilton on January 26, 2017
So very sorry for your loss-will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers
Posted by Mary & Richard Goudy on January 26, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Enjoyed visiting with Joe at breakfast.
Posted by Cal Degen on January 26, 2017
sorry for your loss Wako and family, deepest sympathy to all of you
Posted by Lowell Arens on January 26, 2017
Shortly after moving to Mitchell in 1958, I met Joe thru a group of friends attending Notre Dame. He was a very caring person and always had a good story to tell. my prayers go out to the family.
Posted by Greg Lee and Renee Moysis on January 26, 2017
Sierra and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted by Bud & Cori Goldammer on January 26, 2017
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on January 26, 2017
So sorry to all of at this time of great loss . We are sending many thoughts and prayers !
Posted by Carol Wolf Morris on January 26, 2017
Joe & I were in the same class at Norte Dame. I have many good memories of him. He was a friend, always in a good mood, and funny! I was happy to see he enjoyed a large family, he deserved a good life. My deepest sympathy and prayers for the family.
Posted by Lana Briggs on January 26, 2017
My deepest sympathies to your family during this time.
Posted by Amanda (Walz) Nava on January 26, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing, funny and caring person. He will be deeply missed. Prayers and thoughts to you all.
Posted by Jim n Barb Dulaney on January 26, 2017
Our deepest sympathy to you all He is at rest our prayers wiil be with you take care Bonnie ,Waco,Jenny
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