Details for Raymond L. Potter
March 31, 1935-February 3, 2018
Ray Potter, 82, Milton, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Janesville, WI. Ray died from complications following coronary bypass surgery. He was born in Ottawa, IL, on March 31, 1935, to Walter and Mildred Hamm Potter. Ray graduated from Milton Union High School in 1952. He was married to Mary Page in 1953, who predeceased him in 2010. He then married Sharon Rozelle in 2016. After a short stint of 6 months working at Fisher Body, Ray began his lifelong career working for Gene Acres, which eventually became Mulder Farms. He retired from the dairy operation in 1995 but stayed on as their local land manager until the time of his death. Ray has been a contributing farmer all his life. During his career with Mulder Farms, his herds were consistently among Rock County’s top milk producers. His pioneering efforts with embryo transplantation yielded award winning herds of international proportions. He was named the winner of the Progressive Breeder Award by the National Holstein Association for 11 years running. For years, he was a 4-H leader to many of us in the community, teaching young people how to raise, show and judge cattle. He made significant contributions to the local “black and white” shows, and Wisconsin State Fairs. Ray was an avid bird watcher, who found and identified many North American bird species. In all he recorded 672 on his “Life List.” Running was another of his passions, whether it be a 10K or a marathon, his running career began in 1983 and his last formal race was in 2013. He ran around the world almost one and a half times, 44,285 miles in total. He completed nine marathons, and over 700 organized races.
Ray is survived by his wife, Sharon; children, Kim (Linda Bessette), Rodney (MaryAnn); stepchildren, Richard (Brenda) Rozelle, and Deborah (Link Decker) Rozelle; grandchildren; Nicole (Bradon) Johnson, Heather (Gregory) Craddock, Ryan Potter, Sean Potter, Brendan Potter and Emily Bessette; step grandchildren, Jackson )Liz) Wildes and Bernadette Wildes; great-grandchildren: Malyki, Zyaire, Alijah and Isabella Craddock, Layton and Arabella Johnson; and step great-grandson, Joseph Wildes.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Milton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Steve Scott officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday at the Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and from 10 a.m. until the start of services on Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, a local memorial will be established at a later date.
Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
828 S. Janesville St., Milton 608-868-2542