Leslie E. Potter


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Updated: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:58:11 CST

Celebration of Life Service for Leslie E. Potter will be conducted from the Wesleyan Church in Naponee, Nebraska on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Reverends Rob Stewart and Scott Randall officiating. Interment will be held in the Alma Cemetery at Alma, Nebraska.

Leslie Eugene Potter, 91 years of age, of Franklin, Nebraska (formerly of Bloomington, Nebraska) passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014 at the Franklin County Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Leslie was born April 7, 1922 at Alma, the ninth of ten children born to Newton Frank and Anna Ellen (James) Potter. Leslie was baptized at the First Christian Church in Alma. He received his education from the Alma Public Schools, graduating from Alma High School with the class of 1939. Leslie then pursued higher education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he studied Agriculture.

Following his education, Leslie operated a dairy with his brother, Raymond southeast of Alma from 1941 until 1952.

On August 11, 1946, Leslie was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Middagh at the Alma Congregational Evangelical Free Church by the Reverend Marion S. Hoffsommer. To this union four children were born: William Daniel, Shirley Rae, Linda Sue and Barbara Jean. Leslie and Ruth began to make their home one mile southeast of Alma until 1952, when they relocated to a farm southwest of Bloomington, where they engaged in farming and raising livestock in Franklin County until their retirement in 1987. Following retirement, Leslie and Ruth stayed on the farm, where they resided the remainder of their married life. The couple celebrated their 67th Wedding Anniversary this past August.

Leslie was a devoted member of the Naponee Wesleyan Church, where he served on the Church Board, taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. He was also active in the communities serving on the Turkey Creek Township Board, the Franklin County Extension Board, and past member of the Alma Co-op Oil Governing Board.

His hobbies included gardening, his orchard and all animals and most of all he loved the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers: Raymond and his wife, Arlene, Leslie’s twin brother, Wesley, and Russell and his first wife, Lillian and his second wife, Ruth; six sisters: Helen and Alice Potter in early childhood, Gladys Meyers and her husband, Lester, Florence Ogden and her husband, Leonard, Dorothy Miller and her husband, Harry, and Wilma Faeh and her husband, Delmond.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Ruth E. Potter of Franklin; one son, William “Bill” Potter and his wife, Eunice of Kearney, Nebraska; three daughters: Shirley Brown and her husband, Wayne of Topeka, Kansas, Linda Potter of Waxhaw, North Carolina, and Barbara Stewart and her husband, Reverend Rob Stewart of Clay Center, Kansas; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Leslie’s honor and kindly suggested to the Wycliffe Bible Translators – Ashaninca Old Testament Project.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com

The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of the arrangements.