Newton Potter, age 91, husband of Waneta, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Newton Potter was born on July 17, 1931, in Winfred, South Dakota. He was the son of Newton and Angie (Croniger) Potter. Newton was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Congregational Church in Winfred, South Dakota. He received his education in Winfred, and was a graduate of the Winfred High School Class of 1949. Newton furthered his education at Southern Teachers in Springfield, South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and the University of Wyoming.
Newton entered active military service in the United States Army on September 1, 1950, at Winfred, South Dakota, and served his country during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge on August 11, 1952, at Reception Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, and achieved the rank of Corporal.
On May 30, 1953, Newton was united in marriage to Waneta Sherman at Huron South Dakota Congregational Church. This marriage was blessed with five children, Glenda, Warren, Jo, Keith, and Gary. Newton and Waneta resided in Hutchinson. They shared 69 years of marriage.
Newton was employed at Hutchinson High School where he taught Social Studies and Industrial Arts. He retired in 1991. Newton was also a Driver’s Education Instructor for many years. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Newton enjoyed woodworking, traveling, bike riding, fishing, reading, and watching football, especially Hutch Tiger Football. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Newton passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minnesota, at the age of 91 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Newton is survived by his:
Wife, Waneta Potter of Hutchinson, MN;
Children, Warren Potter and his wife, Flora of Golden Valley, MN,
Jo Schmit and her husband, Richard of Eagan, MN,
Gary Potter and his special friend, Kati Brink of Bedford, MA;
Grandchildren, Armando Potter, Luca Potter and his wife, Mandi, Stefano Potter and his wife, Camilla, Gabriella Potter and her husband, Justin Hasbrouck, Matteo Potter, Tony Schmit and his wife, Rachel, Mike Schmit, Maria Schmit, JP Schmit;
Great-grandson, Calder Hasbrouck;
Many other relatives and friends.
Newton is preceded in death by his Parents, Newton and Angie Potter; Son, Keith Potter; Daughter, Glenda Potter; Brothers-in-law, Art Beyer, Art Hegdahl; Sisters, Ruth Beyer, Delores Hegdahl.
Andy Koenig says
Our most sincere sympathy to Waneta and family~~~~Newt was such a great guy and did many projects in his little wood shed behind his house for us. My favorite was a sign which said “Nana’s Potting Shed” when we built a potting shed years ago on our farm.We did get to visit both at Harmony River before Covid stopped our visits. They were Saturday night attenders at church as were we also. Will always remember the beautiful Birds of Paradise flower arrangement every year at church in remembrance of your brother who died way too early. He was also a great teacher for our kids. God Bless all of your cherished memories.
Arnie and Andy Koenig
Kay Yoch says
Mr. Potter was my kids favorite teacher ! Rest In Peace
Darlene Ostrowski says
My thoughts are with you Wanetta. I enjoyed Mr. Potter on our MS bike rides across MN. He was a role model to me for biking in our later years as I would converse with him while out biking. Wonderful man.
geoffrey docken says
Newton and I shared the love of woodworking and crafts..
I remember him for his humor and kindness.
Barb Johnson Portele says
I had Mr. Potter for Social Studies in 7th and 8th grade. He was a kind man and a good teacher. My sympathy to the family.
Paula Kirkpatrick says
Newt was a wonderful neighbor. We always enjoyed visiting with him. So friendly, and always busy in his woodworking shop, creating beautiful pieces. It was an honor to call him our neighbor and friend.
Diane Doing says
Glenda I remember your dad so well. Sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close. They will stay with you forever.
Diane Yerks Doring