Potter, Harvey

Harvey Lee Potter, 69, of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 30, 2009, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, surrounded by the people he lived his life for.

Harvey was born Oct. 14, 1939, in Toledo to Kenneth and Bertha (Grandy) Potter in 1939. He married DeeAnn Daso in 1967 and she survives.

A 1958 graduate of Fayette High School, Harvey was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Morenci, Mich., the Wauseon Lodge #349, Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo and the Fulton Chapter #67 OES.  He also served on the Board of Public Affairs in Fayette.

During his lifetime he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, at Johns Manville in Defiance, Ohio, for GTE in Bryan, Ohio, and for Tom’s Installation Company in Celina, Ohio.

Harvey was passionate about his grandchildren and always had a joke for everyone with whom he came into contact. With great zeal, he enjoyed his hobbies of gardening, fishing, finding mushrooms in his secret locations and puttering on his tractors. All of his grandchildren and the neighborhood children loved to go for tractor rides with him.

An open door greeted all visitors to the Potter home as Harvey loved company and guests were always welcome for a family meal or a game of cards. A champion of underdogs, he encouraged people to follow their dreams and be true to themselves. He was quick to point out that family came first. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, Harvey is survived by three daughters, Doris (and Tim) Lumm of Angola, Ind.; Connie Ferguson of Waldron, Mich., and Deeadra (and Tim) Higgins of Maumee, Ohio; two grandsons, Jesse (and Liway) Lumm, who is serving in Iraq; Drew Ferguson of Waldron; two granddaughters, Heather (and Tim) Bertoia of Angola and Chelsea Higgins of Maumee; three great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Harvey was fortunate enough to be loved by many other family members, neighbors and special friends including Harold Brown, Pam Brown and the Koppenhofer Family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ken and Donald.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, with internment to follow at the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Masonic services will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at Eagle Funeral Home, Fayette. Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests  memorial contributions to the Fayette Rescue Squad or to the Masonic Lodge of Fayette.