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Larry Potton 01/12/2020

Larry Potton 01/12/2020

Larry Alan Potton, age 79, of River Falls, Wisconsin died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after stoically battling cancer. Larry was born in Clinton, Wisconsin on July 6, 1940, the third child of Howard and Martha (Roberts) Potton. Larry spent his youth in Avalon, Wisconsin hunting and fishing with his father and two brothers, Bill and Dale, and tormenting his little sister, Ruth Ann. He graduated from Clinton High School, class of 1958, and from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 1962.  He earned his Wings in 1964, proudly serving for five years as a Naval Aviator with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2), also known as the “Fleet Angels”. He and Linda Millman, of Platteville, Wisconsin, eloped and were married at Lakehurst Naval Air Station on June 12, 1964. While flying for the Navy he was hired as a commercial pilot and flew 33 years for Northwest Airlines. He retired as a 747 Captain, with bases in Minneapolis and Anchorage. Larry loved spending time at his old orchard tinkering on tractors and hunting with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda; his four children, Cynthia (Scott) Kuenzi of Madison, Stephanie Brown of River Falls, Howard (Katie) Potton of Anchorage, and Sarah (Andrew) Graff of Chicago;  brother William (Thelma) Potton of Detroit, and his sister Ruth Ann (Dan) Clark of Neillsville; and his nine grandchildren: Ashley and Megan Brown; Glen, Reid and Tess Kuenzi; Nicholas and Danielle Potton; and, Abbie and Sylvie Graff. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dale Potton. The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care.  A celebration of Larry’s life was held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5 pm at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, with a visitation from 3-5 pm at the church. Larry’s remains were interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10:15 am assembly lane #5 on Friday, January 17, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ezekiel Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Dave Woeste Posted January 13, 2020 3:15 am

    Our sympathies for your loss. He was a great man, husband, father, citizen, community member and friend to many. He will certainly be missed. He fought the great fought, until his Father called him home. My he Rest In Peace!!

  • Jo Letlebo Posted January 13, 2020 7:44 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. My prayers are with his family. He was a great boy and man and father, grandfather. He will be sorely missed.

  • Stacey Prochnow Posted January 13, 2020 9:48 pm

    We know that he is in the Hands of our (His) Lord Jesus Christ. If there is anything we can do please let us know. Love, Jeff, Stacey, Kovi, Nick and Ty Prochnow

  • Jo-Ann Woeste Posted January 13, 2020 11:37 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and loved his family very much. He was never afraid to try new things. Prayers for all of you.

  • Lucy and David Graff Posted January 14, 2020 2:18 am

    Just reading about your father, Sarah, I know he was a wonderful man and that you will all miss him very much. Let those wonderful and happy memories help you through this tough time. Thinking of you and your family and sending love.

  • Jim Hake Posted January 14, 2020 3:36 am

    Linda I am truly saddened to hear about Larry. My heart and thoughts go out to you and family. Stay strong.

  • Bud and No Ayres Posted January 14, 2020 3:53 am

    Larry was an amazing person, a good persn, a caring person who was always willing to help whenever there was a need. He would take others to medical appointments, remove snow at church, and n he summer he would often be found mowing. He and Linda were a wonderful couple, a delight to be around. . Larry was a friend to many. We will surely miss him. Rest in peace Larry, you fought the fight with all that you had. Our prayers now go out to Linda and your family

    • Linda Potton Posted January 21, 2020 4:30 pm

      Thanks Jo and Bud. Your words are treasured as is your friendship. We’ll be getting together.

  • Nikki Foust Posted January 14, 2020 7:40 am

    Great to fly with. Sorry for your loss of a great guy

  • Edita Laurel Posted January 14, 2020 10:12 am

    So sorry for your loss. I admire all our pilots! He has given me a ride across the Pacific, and have met him when I worked our 747 flights. Rest in peace, Larry!

  • Nanci Potton Posted January 14, 2020 1:09 pm

    My Dad really valued his relationship with Larry. I remember meeting him and the stories they shared. I am truly sorry for your loss.

    • Linda Potton Posted January 21, 2020 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Nanci….and what stories that had to share. Larry was a great visitor and sharer…that’s for sure!

  • Roger Moberg Posted January 14, 2020 3:34 pm

    My deepest sympathies in your loss. Enjoyed getting to know him and appreciated the time we had together in the “front office’ of the Boeings. To reminisce with him over the years in the “Navy Flying Club” having been in a sister squadron on the Left Coast (HU-1 and HU-2) was always a joy. Sorry I won’t be able to be with as you honor his life of service on Thursday.

    • Linda Potton Posted January 21, 2020 4:22 pm

      Thank you, so much…so nice to hear from you.

  • Ron and Noreen Roberts Posted January 14, 2020 7:57 pm

    Linda, & Families; Ruth Ann & Dan Clark & Families, Bill & Thelma & Families:
    Very sorry to learn of Larry’s Passing. All of the Pottons were nice people. Sorry to know that he battled cancer. It’s a terrible thing to live with.
    Hope that your grieving time is full of wonderful memories to keep in your hearts.
    We wish you prayers & sympathies at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Ron and Noreen Roberts

  • Maryellen Jahn Posted January 15, 2020 1:00 am

    I remember flying with Larry. A really nice man. Sorry for your loss.

  • Thomas Schellinger Posted January 15, 2020 2:25 pm

    I will always remember Larry’s great smile and warm handshake. We worked for many years together at NWA and Larry was well respected by all who knew him. May he rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord.

    • Linda Potton Posted January 21, 2020 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, Tom,

  • Caren Prochnow Posted January 15, 2020 9:18 pm

    Loss of our great friend who touched so many lives, he is greatly missed, Linda our thoughts and prayers are with and the family

  • Neal Prochnow Posted January 15, 2020 9:18 pm

    Larry and I were the best of friends. We had the greatest time together cross country skiing, fishing and fun with our families. I know he is in heaven with no pain

  • Neal Prochnow Posted January 15, 2020 9:28 pm

    A great friend. We had the best times together skiing and fishing and with our families. I know he is in heaven with no pain.

  • Sandy Sobottka Posted January 18, 2020 11:57 pm

    Linda, Sorry to hear of the loss of Larry! He truly was a kind thoughtful man. My prayers go out to you & your family!

    • Linda Potton Posted January 21, 2020 4:27 pm

      Thanks Sandy…blessings to you and your family too. You were a great help as we sorted through insurance options.

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