Richard Bunker Potter

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RICHARD BUNKER POTTER Richard Bunker Potter, 82, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 in Houston due to complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was born on September 4, 1924 in West Palm Beach, FL. to Richard Bernard Potter and Helen Bunker Potter. Mr. Potter was a direct descendent of John Howland, one of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. During WWII, he proudly served his country aboard the USCGC Ingham from 1941 to 1945. In 1945 he met Marguerite McManus and they were married April 12, 1947. Upon his graduation from Florida State University and the University of Oklahoma, he became a geologist. Following his career with Houston Natural Gas Co. he went into partnership with Herschel M. Glasgow doing land work for their exploration company. Richard was a member of the Houston Geological Society, Houston Association of Petroleum Landmen, the American Association of Petroleum Landmen, and a member of the Houston Gem and Mineral Society. Richard was actively involved in the Ingham Association, a veterans group that transformed the USCGC Ingham into a floating museum at Patriot's Point, S.C. He served as a Colonel in the Texas Army, was a Knight of Texas, and was a member of the Slippery Rock Boosters Club. He enjoyed hunting in Rio Medina, Texas and fishing in Galveston with his closest friends for over 50 years. Surviving family members are his loving wife Marguerite; their daughter Laurie J. Pearson and her husband Joel; granddaughter Lauren Pearson; brothers David Bernard Potter and Douglas Theodore Potter and his wife Oriada and their children Daviena Murray and Darrin Potter; sister-in-law Marjorie Potter Kolb and her children Elizabeth Ann Potter and Richard David Potter; and his niece and nephew Debborah Ann Potter and Eugene W. Potter,Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Eugene Whipple Potter and Charles John Potter. A Memorial Service were held on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at 3:00 P.M. in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Rd. at Westview with Rev. M. Eugene Vickrey officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mr. Potter's memory to the charity of the givers choice. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit
Published by The Palm Beach Post on Mar. 27, 2007.
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Marguerite and family...
I was so sorry to hear about Dick's passing. My condolences to you and your family. I do have very fond memories of Dick when he would take my brother and me on the rock hunting expeditions when you came up to Port Chester. I still have the little bracelet he made for me when I was young. Now, more than ever I'll treasure that bracelet. Take care.
Mania Silbereisen
March 27, 2007

My thoughts are with you, Marguerite, Joel and Lauren. I am so happy that I got to spend some time with your Dad during the holidays. Always smiling and always with that twinkle in his eyes, I know he is at peace. Your father was one of those men, who if you looked closely, could see the little boy that was still inside. That is a precious thing, when you can see the child within. I'm certain that I will smile now, whenever I see a piece of blue lapis!
Wendy Vandenbrock
March 22, 2007
Dear Laurie and family
What a lovely piece on your dad - perhaps I never met him but I knew so much about him throughout years of writing to each other
Lots of love Dorothy and family
Dorothy Shanks
March 22, 2007
All of your family is in our thoughts and prayers. You are all dear friends to us.
Noel, Lisa & Madison Dahlem
March 22, 2007
Marguerite, Laurie, Joel and Lauren,
Jesse and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to each of you on the loss of such a special, husband, father, and grandfather. I have so many special memories of Mr. Potter, taking me to Junior Achievement, making sure I knew how to change a tire once I got my drivers license. Then after I married and Jesse and I moved back to Houston to the Huge Oaks house, Mr. Potter was always there to lend a tool or give advice and help with home repair.
A couple of years ago, a young couple moved in across the street from us and Jesse was helping them with yard work and a home improvement project and Kellie said "Dad you're a Mr. Potter". I thought what a compliment Kellie had given to her Dad, because I have always felt along with my own father, Dick Potter was one of the finest men I have known.
Jesse & Betty Green
March 21, 2007
Our thoughts and prays are with all of you. I am sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting Uncle Dick.
Richard, Wendy & Kolb Potter
March 21, 2007
Laurie, I wish I had known your father. He sounded like a wonderful man that raised a strong and wonderful daughter.
Kathy Dugas
March 21, 2007
We will all sorely miss your father, Laurie. His big smile, the fun laugh, the twinkle in his eye are what I will remember most. My family and I will pray for you and your family to be consoled and comforted. Warmest wishes. The Donaldsons
Greg Donaldson
March 21, 2007
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