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Dennis Potter, 78, of Rockford passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, after eating pie. He was born July 13, 1938, in Rockford; the son of Hudson and Kathryn (Carlson) Potter. Dennis married Janaan Johnson on April 10, 1982; she predeceased him July 21, 2013. Dennis was an accountant for over 50 years. He developed a nonprofit 501 (C) (3) for abused women, called "The Power of What If."
He is survived by his daughter, Dianne Potter of Springfield, Ill.; son, Robert (Tiffany) Potter of Gilberts, Ill.; stepdaughters, Janeen (Jeff Calhoon) Baker of Lake in the Hills, Ill., Jill (Thomas) Journy of Roscoe, and Julie Baker; grandchildren, Bryce and Kyele Journy, Victoria, Julianna, and Angelina Potter; brother, Dale (Elsie) Potter of Mountain Home, AK, and sister, Peggy (Steve) Jankowski of Decatur, IL;
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 Second Ave., with Rev. Jay Quinn officiating. Private interment at later date. Visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service Wednesday, in the funeral home and Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Condolences & Shared Memories (7)

  1. Lynne Fleming Wilburn

    Dennis and his brother,Dale spend a portion of one summer in the early 50's in my village...They stayed with a relative on Ridge Rd ,near Camp Emmaus. They attended band concerts on the village square,used the community swimming pool and the Saturday afternoon cowboy movies and riding our bikes. I thought they were twins,but never asked. Dennis was a bit more outgoing and both boys were very welcomed by other kids...It was a peaceful time and a wonderful time to be a kid in a small town in Mt. Morris...before we came to know the world. Why do I remember this snapshot in time?,it was over 60 years ago when I can't even remember my glasses these days...they seemed to me,as a kid myself,to be somewhat different from the rest of us smaller towners. Memory is a funny thing..but I thought their families might want to know that someone else thought them exceptional. My sincere condolences

  2. Mona McHughes & Family

    Dennis was a great guy- enjoyed many dinners with him & Jan and will always treasure those memories. Will definitely miss our political discussions too! Mona

  3. Carol and Jim Wolfram

    So sorry Dale and Elsie And Peggy and Steve for your loss. sending Prayers.

  4. Debbie Sherwood

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the entire family...

  5. Linda Quigley

    Just saw this... I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I remember him as a funny guy with quick wit. I'm sending love to you and your family.

  6. Emma Jones

    So sorry Dale and Else. Give my condolences to the rest of the family.

  7. Jim and Sands Mocny

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers to your family and frirnds.


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