Dean D. Potter 1933-2015
A Celebration of Life honoring Dwight Dean Potter of Emmetsburg will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
Military rites will be conducted by members of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Em- metsburg, is in charge of arrangements.
Dwight Dean Potter, son of Dwight and Edith May (Batt) Potter, was born March 25, 1933 in Algona. He began his education at Plum Creek Center School, north of Algona and then attended high school in Burt and Fenton, graduating in 1951.
Dean served in the United States Army from 1955 until 1958. While serving he attended engineering school and was a heavy machine operator. Dean received the Good Conduct Medal for his service. Dean was a member of a band while in the Army which won the Country Music Award Division. He later played for the Quarter Master Wranglers along with Tom T. Hall. This group won the all Army Music contest. They were scheduled to be on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Dean was united in marriage to Mary McKinney at the Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. Dean was a rural route mail carrier for 34 years in Palo Alto County, retiring Aug. 1, 1993.
Dean was very involved in the Sportsman’s Shooting Range and enjoyed spending time there. Music was a large part of Dean’s life. He participated in several groups in the area. Dean was a member of The Fortunes and played with Bill Terry and Rosie Argabright in the Bill Terry Band. When Dean and Mary moved to Arizona Dean continued with his musical talents and enjoyed the nights they had “Howling at the Moon” at Casa Grande.
Dean passed away Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at the Good Samaritan Home in Algona, at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary; and a sister, Shirley Swanson.
He is survived by his brother, Ronald (Annette) Potter of Fostoria; nephews, Randy (Deb) Swanson, Richard Potter and Kenneth (Vanessa) Potter; niece, Charlene (Peter) Stallman; as well as other relatives and friends.
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