BARK RIVER, MI. - Loren Daniel Potter, 77, of Perronville, and a former Palmer resident, died Wednesday afternoon, November 20, 2013 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain where he had been a patient for 3 days surrounded by his family.
Loren was born July 23, 1936 in Menominee, MI to Norris and Hazel (Farr) Potter. He served in the U.S. Army from November 11, 1959 until February 14, 1962. Loren married Janet Romens on August 27, 1960. They started their family and lived in Menominee where Loren worked as a mechanic.
They moved to Palmer in 1972, where Loren worked for Richmond Township as a maintenance mechanic until his retirement. Loren served as a volunteer fireman for the Palmer Fire Department, an EMT and ambulance driver (his favorite). He was a member of the Richmond Township Community Club, the Negaunee Elks and Bark River Lions Club where he was very involved with the Off Road Races.
Loren loved to hunt, play (and cheat on Shirley) cribbage, and played on a pool team. But his favorite thing was spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and family.
He is survived by his 4 daughters, Donna (Kurt) Williams, Linda (Terry) Leivo, Laura Green, Diane (Loren) Reetz, his brother Donald Potter. Also surviving are Loren's grandchildren who meant so very much to him: Jon (Angie) Williams, Michael (Jenn) Williams, Keith Leivo, Spencer Leivo, Derek Reetz, Erin Reetz, Kayleigh Green and Cameron Green, his great grandchildren: Jackson, Emerson and Izzie and soon to be born, Baby Boy Williams.
He also leaves behind the extended family of the wonderful angel who was sent to him who loved and cared for him for the last nine years, his sweetie, Shirley Kwak and her sons: Jim (Candy) Kwak, Clarence (Paula) Kwak , Scott (Amber) Kwak and their children.
He was preceeded in death by his first love Janet Ann Potter, his parents, his sisters Annamae Erickson and Carol Ruleford.
Funeral services will be held at 5:00 pm on Monday, November 25th at the Koskey Funeral Home in Negaunee with Rev. Douglas Mater officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends from 3:00 until the time of services at 5:00 pm at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Bark River Lions Club, 5691 F Rd, Bark River, MI 49807.
Condolences may be expressed online at koskeyfuneralhome.com.