Rupert W Potter (Buck)
Silver City, SD
Rupert W. "Buck" Potter, 91 of Sturgis, passed away on January 2, 2012, at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center Ft. Meade, SD. Rupert was born June 26, 1920, at Scranton, ND, where he spent his early childhood. In 1932 he moved with his parents to Silver City, SD, where he graduated from the eighth grade. In 1937 he joined the CCC for two years, after which he enlisted in the United States Army, where his duties took him to 51 countries. After 23 years of service, he retired in July 1963, as a Chief Warrant Officer and moved to Rapid City, SD. In 1969 he attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield. He earned his BSE and three Associate Degrees in Electronics, and became a Certified Vocational Teacher. In 1973 he hired on with the Homestake Mining Company in Lead, SD, as an Electronics Technician. After more than 12 years of service, he retired from the company. He was also an Amateur Radio Operator and many may remember him as "Buck".
He is survived by two sons, James W. (Denise) Potter, Sturgis, and Russell L. Potter, Maryland; two daughters, Peggy M. (Stephen) Hoffman, Mexico, and Linda G. (Alex) Clarke, Florida; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. (Kroetch) Potter; and his parents.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 5, 2012, with a Christian Wake Service to follow at Black Hills Funeral Home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday, January 6, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis, with Rev. Arnold Kari as Celebrant.
Burial will be at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with military honors by the Ellsworth Air Force Base Honor Guard.
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