Eugene C. Potter


Eugene C. Potter Jr. 94, Goshen, formerly of LaGrange, died Saturday, Nov. 3, at Goshen Hospital.
Mr. Potter was born Sept. 1, 1924 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, next-to-youngest of eight children to Eugene C. Sr. and Bertha Ray (Livingston) Potter, who preceded him in death.
From May 6, 1943 to Aug. 27, 1946, he served in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Potter served in the Philippines and Occupation forces in China. While serving in China, he rode a donkey on the Great Wall of China and had dinner with Chiang Kai-shek. He then went into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves from Aug. 27, 1946, until Feb. 11, 1950.
On April 6, 1947, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he was married to Jane Brumbaugh . Her father, the Rev. Lewis H. Brumbaugh, performed the ceremony. Eugene and Jane were married for 63 years when she died Aug. 18, 2010.
In 1952, he graduated from Ashland College, Ashland, Wisconsin. He went on to teach at Shell Lake High School, Shell Lake, Wisconsin, from 1952 to 1954, where he taught social studies and coached football, then on to Blissfield High School Blissfield, Michigan, from 1954 to 1964, teaching social studies, driver's education, and coached football.
In 1964, he moved to LaGrange and taught at Lakeland High School when it opened its doors in the fall of 1964. While there, he taught U.S. history, social studies and established the driver's education program and assisted in development of the football program at Lakeland.
Upon his retirement from Lakeland in 1989, he began collecting and selling antiques and collectibles and had booths at local antique malls.
Mr. Potter was a member of the LaGrange Town Board from 1990 until 2011 and was Citizen of the Year in 2013.
He was a life member of the National Education Association, Indiana State Teachers Association and the local retired Teachers Association. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange, was a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Meridian Sun Lodge F&AM Lodge 76 of LaGrange, Sylvan Chapter 251 Order of the Eastern Star of LaGrange, and LaGrange American Legion Post 215.
Surviving are his daughter, Jeanne Potter, Goshen; son, Thomas Potter, Chicago, Illinois; his companion dog, Sadie, and numerous granddogs; sisters-in-law, Frances Brumbaugh Kawahara, Adrian, Michigan, and Yvonne Brumbaugh Rust, Rochester, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his seven siblings, Blaine Potter, Vera McMillan, Martha Clark, Garnet Livingston, Dot Snyder, Jim Potter and Bill Potter.
Funeral services will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Frurip-May Funeral Home, 309 W. Michigan St., LaGrange, with Elder Jerry Stanner officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in LaGrange. LaGrange American Legion Post 215 will conduct military graveside rites.
Visitation will take place at the funeral home Friday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Ark Animal Sanctuary or for a bench to be placed at Lakeland High School in Mr. Potter's memory.
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