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Charles Potter

March 5, 1918-Jan. 16, 2008

Charles B. Potter, 89, of White Earth, died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at his home.

Charles Bernard Potter was born to Joseph and Sarah (Mason) Potter on March 5, 1918 in White Earth, where he was raised and educated. He served with the U.S. Army, 1941-45, and was a highly decorated soldier. He received three Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and numerous other decorations. While in the Army, he also learned the meat cutting trade. Upon his discharge, he returned to White Earth and later lived in Glascow, Mont., Minneapolis and southern California, where he worked as a meat cutter. He returned to White Earth, where he was a night watchman for the Regional Treatment Center. He married Verna Fairbanks in White Earth in 1940. She preceded him in death in 2002.

Charlie enjoyed his grandchildren, pow wows, the casino, rummage sales, reading westerns (especially Louis LaMour), trapping, hunting, fishing, and following the stock market. He is a charter member of the Glascow, Mont., VFW and was instrumental in starting the White Earth American Legion.

Surviving Charlie are his children, Joseph (Patricia) Potter of White Earth, LaVern Fairbanks of Naytahwaush, Francis (Robin) Potter of St. Paul, Duane Potter of St. Paul, Margaret King of Spokane Wash., and Theresa Potter of Spokane Wash.; his godson, Eugene (Grace) Clark of Ogema; 24 grandchildren and many great and great great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by infant sons, Everett and Francis; a stepson, Charles Fairbanks; brothers and sisters, Thomas, Jack, Anastasia, Louis and Thelma; and several infant brothers and sisters.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 20) at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes; there will be a rosary at 6:30 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m. The visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in White Earth, with the Rev. Jerry Orscino, O.M.I., officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, White Earth.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is serving the family.