Thomas Potter

  • Born: December 20, 1937
  • Died: September 21, 2020
  • Location: Zeeland, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas Potter age 82 of Zeeland, entered into his heavenly home on Monday, September 21, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis in 2017. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was active in the life of his church and enjoyed fishing. Tom worked in construction for several years and retired from Howard Miller in 2000.

He is survived by his sons: Rick (Lynn) Potter, Tommy Potter, Todd (Joann) Potter, and Troy (Pam) Potter; grandchildren: Chelsea (Jeremy) Raak, Travis (Kim) Potter, Carlya (Jeff) Mc Gruder, Camryn Potter, Colleen Potter and Janelle Potter and her fiancé Jordan Taylor, and 7 great grandchildren; siblings: Earl Potter, James Potter, Gene (Therese) Potter, Patricia Peterson, Rosemary (Lee) Vanbeek, Charles Potter, Marvin (Loshie) Potter, Edward (Chris) Potter, Elizabeth Janssen and Jack Potter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Dan Renwick, Cliff Gryzen, Sandy (Robert) Vandebunte, and Dwight (Judy) Elenbaas; as well as nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland, 49464, as well as 10:00-10:45 am prior to the funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Ottawa Reformed Church, 11390 Stanton, West Olive, MI 49460. Interment will be in Olive Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My thoughts and prayers to the Potter family.❤

Posted by Sue Andringa - Family Friend   September 25, 2020

I got to know Tom at Howard Miller. We worked for many years together and he always was there spunky and with a smile on his face . Lost track after he retired but he was there for support when I lost my husband last year. He was always there for support or just for a ear and a cup of coffee. Our mission was to visit another co worker and give him a bit of a hard time. Lol. He was a awesome person big heart. I will miss your frequent calls . Your back with Phyllis doing what they loved most . Together and Fishing.
R.I.P. guy. You will certainly be missed.

Posted by Vicki L Driesenga - Coworker   September 24, 2020

I knew Tom and Phyllis almost all my life, and sure enjoyed their friendship. I miss them and all the fun we had together, especially the fishing trips. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Jan Phelps Hart

Posted by Janice Hart - Holland, MI - Friend   September 23, 2020

Tom was a wonderful man! I met him at Howard Miller and remained friends with him after he retired. He will be missed!

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie - Friend   September 23, 2020


Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Sally Guy - Grand Rapids, MI - Coworker   September 23, 2020

Todd and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The Lord must have needed a hand with some projects and found a carpenter to fill the void. I pray for strength during this time and also for the joyous memories to fill your mind. Rest in peace my old friend.

Posted by Karl - Coworker   September 23, 2020

No words seem enough. Please know my love, strength and prayers are with all of you. _Maurine Baker

Posted by Maurine Baker - Newaygo, MI - Family Friend   September 23, 2020

My heart goes out to my cousin Tom, It brought sadness & tears when I was informed. I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He left this earth to be with Our Heavenly Father, just think- he is with Phyllis. Tom wouldn't want us to shed tears because he is in a better place, Heaven what a beautiful mansion he's living in; read John 14. Let not your heart be troubled, I go to prepare a place for you. Remember, do not let your heart be sad. Jesus given us a beautiful promise.

Posted by Hope Waidelich - Rodney, MI   September 22, 2020

So very sorry for your loss, as much as we love Janelle I'm sure he was an amazing man. I'm sorry we never met him. We pray for comfort for your family at this time.
Wayne and Ellie Taylor

Posted by Ellie Taylor - Rockford, MI - Family Friend   September 22, 2020

Mollie said he was my buddy. We will all miss him in our church.

Posted by Douglas Morren - West Olive, MI - Friend   September 22, 2020

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