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Melvin "Mel" Ernest Potter
January 13, 1929 ~ August 31, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Melvin Ernest Potter passed away on August 31, 2023 at age 94.
Mel was born in Windsor, Ontario on January 13, 1929 and later moved with his mother to Michigan. Growing up, he enjoyed roller skating and motorcycles.
Mel married Barbara Sims in 1951. He served in the US Army as a vehicle mechanic during the Korean War. He hand-built the family home and raised his family in Livonia, Michigan, where he served as a Boy Scout Leader. He worked for 30 years at Ford Livonia Transmission in powerhouse maintenance.
Mel and Barb enjoyed traveling in their motorhome all over the US. After retirement, they moved to Val D'Oro, Arizona where they lived for 20 years in a community with many dear friends.
They moved to Ludington, Michigan in 2018 to be near family. Mel lost his dear wife Barb in 2020. He has kept busy with home projects and yard work until failing health slowed him down this summer. He was blessed with thoughtful neighbors who kept an eye out for him and provided a helpful hand at times.
Mel is survived by his two brothers, Garnet (Sally) Potter and Ken (Mary) Potter, his four children, Laurie (Jim) Rankin, Karen (Greg) Mac, Greg (Nancy) Potter, and Jim (Kelley) Potter, ten loving grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or service. The family asks that those wishing to give a memorial gift consider supporting Newaygo County Compassion Home (for hospice patients) at 20 S. Stewart Ave, Fremont, Ml. 49412.