|From The Union-Bulletin
Feb. 9, 1927 -- Sept. 15, 2009
MILTON-FREEWATER -- Leland L. Potter, 82, ***** died Sept. 15, 2009, at his home.
Viewing will be 1-5 p.m and 7-9 p.m. Friday, at Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, 902 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, OR 97862. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home. The Rev. Duane Geyer will officiate. Burial will follow at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, 300 S.E. Myra Road, Walla Walla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice through the funeral home.
Mr. Potter was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Indian Creek, Neb., to Glenn and Dorothy Fern Stowe Potter. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II on the USS Leedstown and the USS Holland. Following his honorable discharge in August of 1946, he met Bonnie Morris at a movie theater in Milton-Freewater. They were married Feb. 22, 1947, in Walla Walla.
He worked as a surveyor on Priest Rapids, Lower Monumental, Lower Granite, Wanapum and Little Goose dams. He was a surveyor for Hanford Nuclear Power Plant and Polysilicon Plant, retiring in 1986.
Mr. Potter was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 370 and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He enjoyed spending winters in Arizona with his wife, summers fishing in Hells Canyon, camping, playing with his grandchildren and yard work. He was always laughing and doing things for others.
Mr. Potter is survived by his wife, at the home; a son, Tim Potter of Milton-Freewater; three daughters, Marilyn Potter of Tollgate, Ore., Sheila Peick of Walla Walla and Karen Martin of Spokane; four brothers, brothers, Paul Potter of Marysville, Calif., Leroy Potter of Kettle Falls, Wash., Don Potter and Rolland "Buck" Potter, both of Milton-Freewater; three sisters, Maxine Billings of Milton-Freewater, Alma Jane Gillock of Gresham, Ore., and Donna Speer of Walla Walla; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Elvin Potter; and a grandson, Tyson Barker.