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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

NWA Capt. Larry Alan POTTON

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Larry Alan POTTON
July 6, 1940 ~ January 12, 2020

Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain  Larry Alan Potton, age 79.  Captain Potton joined Northwest Airlines 09-05-1967.  He is survived by his wife Linda, their children and their grandchildren plus many other extended family members.
A brief online obituary notice may be viewed at
For a complete obituary and guestbook, please go to the funeral home website at
For those wishing to send a personal note, the family is listed in whitepages as
PO Box 181 , River Falls WI 54022-0181.
Services for Captain Potton are planned for January 16 at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI.  Please see obituary notices below for more details.
Thank you,
~ Carol for the PCN

Obituary……………….. Larry Alan POTTON
Age 79, of River Falls, Wisconsin Died at his home surrounded by his family Sun, Jan 12, 2020, after stoically battling cancer. He earned his Wings in 1964, serving five years as a Naval Aviator with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2). He flew 33 years for Northwest Airlines. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Potton; 4 children; and 9 grandchildren. Celebration of Larry's Life Thurs, Jan 16, 2020 5 pm Ezekiel Lutheran Church, 202 S 2nd St River Falls, WI, visitation 3-5 pm at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery 10:15 am assembly lane #5 Fri, Jan 17, 2020. Bakken-Young River Falls 715-425-8788 www.bakken-young.com.......................................
Larry Alan Potton, age 79, of River Falls, Wisconsin died at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after stoically battling cancer. Larry was born in Clinton, Wisconsin on July 6, 1940, the third child of Howard and Martha (Roberts) Potton. Larry spent his youth in Avalon, Wisconsin hunting and fishing with his father and two brothers, Bill and Dale, and tormenting his little sister, Ruth Ann. He graduated from Clinton High School, class of 1958, and from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 1962.  He earned his Wings in 1964, proudly serving for five years as a Naval Aviator with Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2), also known as the “Fleet Angels”. He and Linda Millman, of Platteville, Wisconsin, eloped and were married at Lakehurst Naval Air Station on June 12, 1964. While flying for the Navy he was hired as a commercial pilot and flew 33 years for Northwest Airlines. He retired as a 747 Captain, with bases in Minneapolis and Anchorage. Larry loved spending time at his old orchard tinkering on tractors and hunting with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events. Larry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda; his four children, Cynthia (Scott) Kuenzi of Madison, Stephanie Brown of River Falls, Howard (Katie) Potton of Anchorage, and Sarah (Andrew) Graff of Chicago;  brother William (Thelma) Potton of Detroit, and his sister Ruth Ann (Dan) Clark of Neillsville; and his nine grandchildren: Ashley and Megan Brown; Glen, Reid and Tess Kuenzi; Nicholas and Danielle Potton; and, Abbie and Sylvie Graff. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Dale Potton. The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice for their exceptional care.  A celebration of Larry’s life will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 5 pm at Ezekiel Lutheran Church, River Falls, with a visitation from 3-5 pm at the church. Larry’s remains will be interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 10:15 am assembly lane #5 on Friday, January 17, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ezekiel Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

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