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Clarence “Tom” Potter

Tom passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Alamo Nursing Home.

He was born October 15, 1931, in Neon, Kentucky, the son of Sherman and Thursie (Akers) Potter. Tom served his country in the US Army. He had worked at Chrysler for 8 years, Eaton Corporation for 24 years and at Parker Hannifin for 13 years until his retirement in 1996.

Tom was an avid sports fan and enjoyed following the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt Sr., and NCAA Basketball team the Kentucky Wildcats.

On May 24, 1952 in Detroit he married Mildred “Millie” Mullins who survives. Also surviving are his children, Annie (Roger) Kruithoff and Steve (Julie) Potter both of Alamo; grandchildren, Jeremy, Jessey, Brock and Nolan; great-grandchildren, Presley and Paige and sister, Phyllis Duty.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dwight “Tom” Potter and siblings, Cecil Potter, Mabel Lawson, Virgil “Joe” Potter, Elia Meade, Clifford Potter, Gracie Ruth Potter, Earl Potter, Bradley Gray Potter, Sherman Potter, Jacky Potter and Anderson Potter.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family from 2-4 P.M., Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, April 29, 2019 with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery in Alamo Township.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Tom may be made to Christian Neighbors.

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Don &Jan Stanfill

April 25, 2019 at 2:52 pm

We are so very sorry for your loss,Tom was one of the finest person that I’ve had the privilege of growing up knowing. He was always a pleasure learning baseball at Alamo and a pleasure working with at Parker. You all are always in our hearts and in our prayers.

Don & Jan Stanfill


Terry VanLent

April 25, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Julie and Steve…I am so sorry for your loss, it is so had to lose a Dad. Although I didn’t know him….he sounds like a wonderful man. Im praying for you and your family that your hearts will heal with wonderful memories. God Bless Terry


Ernestine Gooch

April 25, 2019 at 3:45 pm

So sorry to Mildred and family


Tammy Bailey

April 25, 2019 at 4:09 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him with my dad and then later, when he started working at Parker and we road to work together. Just a special person in my life.

I hope your memories see you through both the tears and the laughs.

Tammy (Merrill) Bailey


Jim & Bonnie Hoffman

April 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

Steve and Julie and boys, so sorry for your loss. I met Tom at one of the ballgames that Nolan and our grandson Zach played on together. He reminded me of my Dad so much so it was easy for me to talk to him. He was so proud of you and Julie on how great your boys were, and loved watching them with their school teams. We are here for you if you need. Love, Jim & Bonnie.


Jim & Ellyn Deneau

April 25, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Potter Family, We want to express our sadness on the passing of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. Tom was an wonderful neighbor who we will miss seeing wave to us each morning while he was standing outside. He had a way about him that made us smile and his love of anything sports was contagious. He will be missed greatly by all.

Love Jim and Ellyn Deneau


Terri Parrish

April 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm

So sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


John & Diane Glessner

April 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm

Dear Julie & Steve and Annie & Roger and families, and Millie,

We are so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Our prayers will be with as you mourn his passing and celebrate his life. May God’s comfort be with you all. With Love, John & Diane


Tim and Marcia Quigley

April 26, 2019 at 7:23 am

Dear Millie and Family,

Our love and prayers are with all of you! Cherish your memories and know that Tom is now a special Angel in Heaven watching over you!


Mark and Pat Gooch

April 26, 2019 at 8:17 am

Our Prayers and thoughts are with the family of cousin Tom Potter, always enjoyed seeing Tom and Mildred in Letcher County when they traveled south from Michigan. Also enjoyed those phone calls regarding our beloved Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. Precious memories!

Mark Gooch


Doug and Julie Bunker

April 26, 2019 at 10:12 am

Dear Steve, Julie, Millie and family,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family!


Terry & Char Bonnell

April 28, 2019 at 11:48 am

We are so sorry for your loss. We have many good memories – Terry’s are from growing up in Alamo and Char working with him at Parker. Tom had a sincere and contagious smile that brought joy to all. May God’s loving embrace be felt during this difficult time.


Sally Adams

April 28, 2019 at 12:20 pm

You have my deepest sympathy.

Holding you all in my heart with love and prayers.


Kathi Fuss

April 28, 2019 at 12:44 pm

So sorry to hear of Tom’s passing! Larry always enjoyed times they did their rehab together at Alamo! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Millie, Steve and Julie!! All your memories will be a help, believe me!!


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