Donald D. Potter, Sr.
May 6, 1936 ~ February 25, 2020
Donald D. Potter, Sr., age 83, of Elma, IA passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA with Pastor Sue Cira officiating. Military and Burial Rite will be held at a later date. There will be a one hour visitation at the church prior to the memorial service on Friday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Donald Dean, Potter Sr. was born May 6, 1936, the son of Richard and Agnes (Johnson) Potter in Buffalo Center, IA. He graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1954 and upon graduating entered the US Navy. He served his country until 1962, when he received his honorable discharge. While in the Navy, Donald was stationed in North Carolina. After his naval career, he worked as a commercial fisherman. A short time later Donald returned to Iowa and began his farming career. Donald enjoyed his family and friends. He loved playing cards and fishing. He was a member of American Legion. Donald’s survivors include his children, Tina Marie and Irvin Pickett, Thomas and Tammy Potter, Bruce Perkins, Lois Sanders, Paulette and Tim Hemann, Tim and Tonda Perkins, Dawn Edmonds, Donald Dean Jr. and Rachael Potter, Laine Riha, John and Lori Riha, Toni and Brian Vrieze; his grandchildren, Joshua, Matthew, Christopher, Heather, Steven, Christopher, Yvonne, Traci, Jessica, Jeremy, Chalis, Shane, Bryonna, Lillian, Gavin, Amanda, Jesse, Heather, Danielle, Taylor, Jordan, and Brady; his siblings, Dolores Badje, Carol Jo and Jack Schmidt, Sandra and Tony Mireles, and Rick and Linda Potter. Additionally, he has 29 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and children, Arlene Bugenhagen, and grandchild, Dean.