Donald D. Potter, Sr.

donald potter, sr.
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 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.

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  1. Condolences to the family for Don Potter from cousin Marion Haayer, son of Herman and Margaret Haayer. Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember that he was a Navy veteran who served in the 1950s.

  2. Dear Dolores, Carol, Sandy, and Rick, Jim and I were sorry to hear about the loss of your brother, Donald. Although I did not know Donny very well, I did babysit Tina and Thomas when Thomas was a baby. At this time, Jim and I are in Brownsville, Texas,and will not be able to attend the service; however, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love, Jim and Sue

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