Jeffrey Potter

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Jeffrey Allen Potter, age 55, of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away on September 4, 2021.

He was born in Traverse City, Michigan, on September 20, 1965, to Jim and Charlene (Kantz) Potter.

Jeff loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, hunting, and hiking. He could often be heard talking about wildlife, both land and marine, from the different areas where he lived. Some of his favorites included fish, crab, starfish, whales, deer, goat, falcons, eagles, and many more.

Though Jeff picked up many new hobbies in the last few years, he always made time to play video games with his two sons.

Jeff often volunteered at the New Horizons Club in Rapid City and was thankful for the new friends he met there.

He graduated from Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska, with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology.

Jeff is survived by his mother, Charlene (Robert) Clark of Gaylord; sons, Ryein M. (Baleigh) Potter of Montana and Mykel J. Potter of Alaska; one granddaughter on the way, Ryleigh; sister, Catherine Collins of California; brother, Robert “Bob” Clark of Lansing; and niece, Reese Collins. He is also survived by many cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, and friends who he chose to love as family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Potter; grandparents, Norman and Julia Potter, and Chuck and Wanda Kantz.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 135 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, MI 49735. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the start of the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to New Horizons Clubhouse, 7164 Rapid City Rd. NW, Rapid City, Michigan 49676.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

9 comments on “Jeffrey Potter”

  1. Elise Heim Lacourse

    Our heartfelt sympathies. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, magnifying Father’s comfort during this time of loss.

  2. So sorry for the loss of a son, a father, a brother, a cousin, and grandfather. He was taken too soon. May God comfort everyone and may everyone comfort each other. Jim and I will not be able to be there with you but know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love.

  3. So many great memories with you, cousin; Martial arts, listening to great music, hunting and fishing. Your were more like a big brother than a cousin. Please give Grandma and Grandpa a hug you will be missed

  4. Charlene, Bob and family,
    So sorry to hear about your sons death. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim, Judy & Toni Duhoski

  5. Bob and Charlene,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of great loss. No words can express the sorrow you feel, all you can do is remember the fine memories that were created with your son and will continue with his family.

  6. I was sorry to hear of the loss of close friend and the best man at my wedding. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and two sons.

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