TRIMONT — A Celebration of Life service for Jack Potter, 85, of rural Trimont, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Waverly Lutheran Church in rural Trimont, Minn., with Pastor Anthony Christoffels and Jeff Barrow officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery will full military honors by Foster-Bernhardt American Legion Post 373 of Trimont.
Jack was called to his eternal rest Thursday morning, Oct. 4, 2018, at his home. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Trimont, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at www.kramerfuneralhome.com
Edwin John “Jack” Potter was born June 6, 1933, on the family farm, “Potter’s Corner,” in Waverly Township, Trimont, Minn., to Edwin “Jim” and Myrtle (Davidsen) Potter. He attended country school in District 88 in Waverly and graduated from Triumph-Monterey High School in 1951, then attended college at Iowa State University. On Nov. 23, 1953, he entered the U.S. Army serving with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C., until his honorable discharge on Nov. 22, 1955. Jack returned to farm in Waverly Township.
On Dec. 15, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann “Mim” Nelson at Waverly Lutheran Church. After their marriage, they farmed and raised their family in Waverly Township.
Jack was a commodity broker at RBH in Fairmont for 33 years, part owner of Potter Truck Lines and a hog buyer for Sioux City Dressed Pork. He also served as a Martin County commissioner for 12 years.
Jack was baptized, confirmed, married and will now be buried at his beloved Waverly Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon, member and president of the church council, sang in the choir for over 60 years and enjoyed being part of the mowing group. His greatest Waverly joy was working with the youth.
Some of Jack’s favorite things were flying airplanes, driving semi-trucks, good jokes and stories, attending church and singing in the choir, visiting with friends and family, eating good meals, and giving advice to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mim Potter; five children, Kristin (Brent) Bauer of Rochester, Minn., Kate Potter-Barrow (Jeff Barrow) of Racine, Wis., Tom (Michon) Potter of Stillwater, Minn., Paul Potter of Trimont, Minn., Joe Potter of Mankato, Minn.; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Elizabeth and David Bauer, Jackson and Anneka Barrow, Paige, Austin and Carson Potter, and Lydia Potter; brothers-in-law, Russ Anderson of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Vernon Nelson of Apache Junction, Ariz., Owen (Sandy) Nelson of Las Vegas, Nev., Gary (JoAnn) Nelson of Bullhead City, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Martha ” Potter” Scholl of Fairmont, Minn.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William and Stanley Potter; sisters, Judy Anderson and Delores “Dee” McCauley; nephew, Patrick J. Potter; and other relatives.