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James Robert Potter, 86, of Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Creasy Springs Health Campus, Lafayette.
Jim was born in Bloomington on April 28, 1930. His parents were Wm. N. Potter and Edna Beryl Hinkle Potter.
He was married to Ruth A. Levering on Nov. 25, 1954, in Lafayette. They had five sons and one daughter, J. Peter (wife, Deana) of Indianapolis, Patrick E. (wife, Laurie) of Thorntown, Thomas N. (wife, Kimberly) of Orlando, Fla., Ann Elizabeth (deceased in 1962), Timothy W. of Houston, Texas, and Andrew R. (wife, Brenda) of Canyon Lake, Texas. He had 13 grandchildren, Sarah, Ben (wife, Katie), Nicole, Joshua (wife, Brooke), Nathan (wife, Gina), Katie, T. Colton, Kristen and Ashley (husband, Nick). He also had nine great-grandchildren, Maxine, Emma, Eliana, Brandon, Jackson, Brennon, Trenton, Annalise and Madison. He had four brothers and two sisters, William H. (wife, Trudy, deceased) of Webster, Texas, Kenneth P. (wife, Betty) of Indianapolis, the late Margaret "Peggy" (husband, Ed Kirkpatrick) of West Lafayette, Sarah "Sally" (husband, Keith Hostettler) of Naperville, Ill., Jerry E. (wife, Joyce) of Bloomington, and Larry (deceased).
Jim was a member of Boy Scout Troop 9 in Bloomington, earning a Life Scout Badge. A graduate of Bloomington High School with the Class of 1948, he attended both Indiana University and Purdue University.
Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a sergeant with the 47th Infantry Division, stationed in Dothan, Ala. He was employed by WTTS and WTTV, Bloomington; WFAM-TV and WASK in Lafayette; Purdue University Television Unit from 1955 to 1968; Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications Services at IUPUI as director of system development and operations from 1968 to retirement in 1994.
He was a member of Dayton United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ind.
Visitation will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at Dayton United Methodist Church, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at the church. Pastor Mike Dominick will officiate. Inurnment will take place in Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Dayton United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
Published on January 18, 2017
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