Merl E Potter

Born: Fri., Dec. 21, 1928
Died: Fri., Apr. 27, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., May 02, 2018
Location: Walker Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Thu., May 03, 2018
Location: Deerfield UMC

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Merl E. Potter, 89, of Ridgeville, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Randolph Nursing Home.  He was born on December 21, 1928, to Lester Potter and Edith Sickels Potter, in Winchester and was a 1946 graduate of Winchester High School.

Merl was a contractor with projects including new homes, room additions, remodels, custom cabinets, plumbing, and furnace work.  His hobbies included fishing and woodworking.

Merl was very involved in community service and was a member and past president of the Saratoga Lions Club.  He was also district governor for the Lions in 1994 representing 68 clubs and was a 10 year Indiana Lions Cancer Control Trustee.  Merl was a member of the Deerfield United Methodist Church and participated in the church choir directed by his wife, June.  Merl played violin in the Winchester Community Orchestra for 25 high school musicals.  Merl and June volunteered countless hours for Randolph County Economic Development and Tourism in the 1990s.  He received the 2016 Award of Honor at the Randolph County Farmer’s Achievement Banquet for his community service.

Merl is survived by his daughter, Marlana Palmer of Fort Worth, Texas; son, Kevin (Linda) Potter of Martinsville; grandson, Jonathan (Jordan) Palmer of Fort Worth, Texas; granddaughter, Marisa (Matt) Ridings of Austin, Texas; grandson, Wesley Potter of Martinsville; granddaughter, Kelsey Potter of Winchester; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, June Potter; and his parents.

Funeral services for Merl will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Deerfield United Methodist Church, 7735 US 27, Ridgeville, with Pastor Belinda Pinkstaff officiating.  Burial will follow at the Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester. 

Friends and family may call from 4-7 p.m., on Wednesday, May 2, at the Walker Funeral Home in Winchester.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Saratoga Lions Club, 125 W. Pearl Street, Saratoga, IN 47382, or Deerfield United Methodist Church, 7735 US 27, Ridgeville, IN 47380.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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Diana Phillips Kerrigan
   Posted Mon April 30, 2018
Sorry for your loss. Prayers for his entire family

Melba (Burton) Shilling, Sister-in-law
   Posted Tue May 01, 2018
Merl was the story-teller at family gatherings. He could recall joke after joke, and keep us all laughing. He was a gentle giant, always willing to help others. I will miss him.

Jack Elliott
   Posted Wed May 02, 2018
To Kevin and the Potter family. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I will keep you and yours in my prayers and thoughts, as you cope with the loss of your Dad. He (as well as your mom) were wonderful people. So many were touched by the love, grace, and wisdom your father gave so unconditionally. Sincerely, Jack Elliott