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Winston Pottenger

Feb 27, 2015


Winston Lloyd Pottenger, age 80 of Towner, born September 24, 1934, greeted his Savior on February 19, 2015 after a lengthy battle with Progressive Super Palsy, a form of Parkinson’s Disease. The words written in 2 Timothy 4:7 best describe Winston’s earthly life, “I have fought a good fight; I have finished the race and I have remained faithful.”

Winston was born in Rugby to Lloyd and Vera (Mattson) Pottenger of Fillmore. He was baptized and confirmed at the Fillmore Lutheran Church. He attended elementary school and graduated from high school in Fillmore. After graduation he worked on the family farm until he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. At Concordia he was a member of the Concordia Concert Choir which traveled all over the US and in Norway. Winston graduated from Concordia College in 1959 with a degree in social services. People enjoyed Winston’s clear tenor voice. He has sung solos for many weddings, funerals, community and church concerts.

Winston’s life was dedicated to helping other people. He was hired as a social worker at McHenry County Social Services in 1959. In 1961 he was promoted to director of McHenry County Social Services. Later he became director of both McHenry and Pierce County Social Services, a position he held until his retirement in 2005. He served Social Services for 46 years.

On September 29, 1962, Winston married Clarine Stewart Hackley. They raised three children, Shelley, Craig, and Keith.

Winston enjoyed many aspects of life, especially if it involved a motor. In addition to building a six foot Grandfather’s Clock which continues to tick in the family living room, he put together several windmill kits; one of his windmills stands in the family’s front yard. Craig and Winston constructed model airplanes and flew them in Bottineau. Winston was also Secretary/Treasurer of the Towner Municipal Airport Authority. A current hangar at the Towner Airport was dedicated in Winston’s name. Winston and his good friend, Darrell Block spent numerous, enjoyable hours tinkering with John Deere riding lawn mowers. They also did custom combining together and Winston looked forward to that each year.

As an avid fan of football, Winston cheered for the Towner Cardinals and Titans. He was a supporter of the Minnesota Vikings and the NDSU Bison.

Winston received a 25 Years of Service Award from the Towner Fire and Ambulance. He was honored to wear the organization’s jacket.

His hobbies included golf and he appreciated the steaks and salads served at the Golf Club. He also worked on many crossword puzzles and if he got stumped he had many friends that were glad to collaborate with him to solve the puzzle. Winston taught Shelley how to waltz, two-step and participate in additional dances. Winston loved to dance. He and Clarine enjoyed many dances together. Keith and Winston fished together at various places in North Dakota. Winston also went on a yearly fishing trip to Canada with his Towner fishing buddies.

Until Winston moved to the Good Samaritan Center in Bottineau in December of 2011, he made winter trips to Arizona to visit his brother, Wallace, and his cousin, Kenny Benson. Winston and Clarine made several trips with Howard, Clarine’s brother, to Howard and Lee’s timeshares in Texas, Utah, Nevada, California, and Missouri.

As a member of Zion Lutheran, Winston held positions on the church council and faithfully sang in the choir.

Winston is survived by his wife, Clarine; daughter Shelley (Chad) Hoherz, Bently, ND; sons Craig (Jarilyn), Bottineau and Keith of Las Vegas; his grandchildren Sarah (Shawn) Strangford, Stacey (Jason) Dinius, Sloan Pottenger and Bryce Pottenger; great-grandchildren Jaelee, Ella, Nora Strangford, Jaynie and Joey Douglas and Issaac and Kaden Dinius; brother, Wallace (Wanda) Pottenger of Phoenix, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Vera and a grandson, Ethan Pottenger.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on February 26, 2015 at Zion Lutheran in Towner, ND. Rev. Linda Wimmer and S.A.M. Wally Fretland officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Kenny Benson, Darrell Block, Richard Gunter, Darrell Haman, Carlen Jungberg, Larry Kuk, Corey Pederson, and Howard Stewart. Bruce Fairbrother was the vocalist and Martha Larson was the organist.

Interment will be announced at a later date.

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