Tom passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born February 23, 1953 in Detroit the son of Clarence and Mildred (Mullins) Potter. Tom was a 1971 graduate of Otsego High School and served his country in the Army Reserves. As a young man he had worked at Harding's in Otsego and at Gibson Guitar. For 25 years he had worked at Parker Hannifin until his retirement in 2002. Following retirement he had worked at Metron in Allegan. In his spare time Tom enjoyed playing softball, golfing, bowling, doing crossword puzzles, listening to classic rock and writing poetry. He was an avid reader and loved dogs, especially Layla his pomeranian. Surviving are his parents; siblings, Annie (Roger) Kruithoff of Alamo and Steve (Julie) Potter of Alamo; 3 nephews and 1 niece, Jeremy, Jessey, Brock and Nolan and great-nieces, Presley and Paige. Friends may visit with Tom's family starting at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 4:00 P.M. with Pastor Dan Minor officiating. Cremation will follow. Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the SPCA of Southwest Michigan. Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.