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Herbert Chamberlain Potter Jr., 87, of Rockford, passed away gracefully at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, February 9th. He was born in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania; the son of Herbert C. and Agnes Isabella (Smith) Potter Sr. He was a veteran of the Army serving in the Korean War. After the war, he married Charlotte Johnson on December 27th, 1952 at Court Street United Methodist Church. Herbert received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota. He was employed over 40 years at Barber Coleman Company as an aircraft mechanical engineer. He was an Eagle Scout, a Toastmaster and coached years of basketball and baseball.

He was loving father with a great sense of humor and he was always ready to deliver a joke.

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Rockford IL; children, Mitch of Minneapolis MN, (Elizabeth), Wade of Rockford IL, (Dagmar), Christine Potter Heithoff of Richmond VA, Neal of Sugar Grove IL, (Sharon) and Valerie Potter of Gurnee, IL; grandchildren, Kyle, Laura, Nicholas, Benjamin, Jane and Grant. Predeceased by his brothers, Fred and Les Potter and his son-law, Steve Heithoff.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, LTD, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave. Rockford, IL 61104. The Funeral service will be at 11 am on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Rockford, IL 61103 with Rev. Calvin Culpepper officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be Friday, February 17th at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.

The family is deeply grateful for the compassionate and professional care from OSF Medical Team, Dr. Laxmi Mullapudi in the Hospitalist Program and Dr. Jean M. Kriz and her Palliative Care Team. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Foundation, 5666 E State St, Rockford, Illinois 61108.

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  1. Teri Reynolds

    Wade & Dagmar, Nick & Ashley, I'm so sorry for your loss. I got a chance to meet and visit with Herb after Helga's service. He was a delightful man and I could see where Wade gets some of his humor. I'm sending love and prayers of comfort to you.

  2. Amy Byrne

    Val - I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you and your family <3

  3. Marion A. Owen

    Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. When I tell someone, “My thoughts and prayers are with you,” what does that really mean? We all have different hopes and expectations, as we have differing experiences of prayer. But I see at least seven things conveyed when I offer to pray for you: 1) It acknowledges the crisis and pain in your life 2) It says that I am concerned about you, I am with you in your suffering, and I won't forget about you when we part 3) It recognizes that our lives are subject to things we cannot control, and that we share that position of vulnerability 4) It reminds us both that we have access to spiritual strength that helps see us through the difficulties that life brings 5) It holds faith in the possibility of strength and healing, in some form, through means we cannot predict or understand 6) It points to an interconnected web of life strong enough to contain suffering and still hold beauty, meaning, and love 7) It promises that you are not alone A promise to pray is itself a kind of prayer, but I don't think the promise is fulfilled simply in making it. In my next post, I'll talk about how we might pray for someone.

  4. Judy Serns ,sister in law

    I have known Herb since he married my oldest sister,Char, in 1952. I remember when he came to the farm and met my folks and me and my 9 siblings for the first time. I was so fascinated by his sense of humor. He and Char were inseperable during their 64 years of marriage. I can't imagine not seeing him with Char now at our family gatherings. As his health started to decline in recent years he fought valiantly against all odds and he did it his way. He continued to be Char's chauffeur and her constant companion. The past weeks when his body started to fail him and his warriors heart started to weaken he was admitted to CCU in OSF. My kids and I visited him several times. He was completely alert and oriented and we had wonderful conversations with him. He talked a lot about what a great life he had lived and what a wonderful wife Char had been. When he decided to make himself a DNR (do not resuscitate) he said his only desire was to pass with grace.He truly did just that. He came home with the assistance of Hospice. In my 45 years as a nurse I have seen many patients leave this earth but I can honestly say Herb's departure was one of the easiest I have ever seen. He was surrounded by people whom he loved and who loved him and he just closed his eyes and went gently into the night.

  5. Marla Duncan

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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