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Glen Potter - July 17, 2012


Glen Potter, 64, of Wilcox, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Glen was born July 21, 1947, in Kearney to Dean and Ruth (Dunn) Potter.
On Dec. 27, 1969, he married Lois Fouts in Minden.
He grew up on a farm south of Wilcox and graduated from Wilcox High School in 1965.
He served in the National Guard.
After attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for one year, he returned to the family farm, where he and his wife lived.
He retired from farming in 2001 due to ill health, but continued to enjoy raising cattle with the help of his nephew, Gary Paitz.
He was an active volunteer in the Lymphoma Society, helping people with their questions and concerns after being diagnosed with cancer; served as president of the Wilcox Rural Fire District for 38 years; was active in Corn Growers; and a member of the Wilcox VFW, for which he had served in various offices, and of Pleasant View Christian Church south of Wilcox, where he served on the board.
He enjoyed Nebraska football, University of Nebraska at Kearney sports activities, attending the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and travel, and always was ready to meet someone new.
Glen had a zest for life, focused on “making the day count” and had a great sense of humor.
His cancer support group was very important to him and he looked forward to the meetings with friends he had made there. Most of all Glen enjoyed his family and was called “Papa” by his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Lois, of Wilcox; daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Mike Garrett of Hildreth and Sheila and Shaun Horak of Omaha; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Shantell Potter of Kremmling, Colo.; grandchildren, Alexis and Chase Garrett, and Samantha and Emma Horak, and an expected fifth grandchild in February; mother, Ruth Potter of Kearney; brother and sister-in-law, James and Gail Potter of Chadron; sisters, Lisa Parish and husband, Jim, of North Platte and Lori Potter of Kearney; and special family friend, John Kegley of Holdrege.
He is preceded in death by his father and two uncles.
Services were July 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hildreth, with the Revs. Steve and Patti Byrne and the Rev. Bud Gillett officiating.
Burial was in the Freewater Cemetery southwest of Wilcox.
Jelden-Craig Funeral Chapel in Hildreth was in charge of arrangements.