Family-Placed Funeral Notice
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 PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
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Published by The Palm Beach Post on Mar. 27, 2007.