Donald R. Potvin, age 75, of Gladstone, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He was born on October 6, 1947 in Escanaba, the son of the late Delbert and Marian Joan (LaPalm) Potvin. Don graduated from Escanaba Area High School in 1966. After high school he entered the United States Army serving in Vietnam. Prior to going to Vietnam, he was stationed in Germany where he met the love of his life, Gerlinde Mitsch. After his tour in Vietnam, he returned to Germany and married Gerlinde on January 23, 1970.
Don worked for Mead Paper Company as a millwright for 38 years retiring in April of 2010. Don was instrumental in developing the mill’s rope and rescue program. He was also part of the mill’s fire brigade. After retirement, you could find Don wood working in his garage or playing with his tractors. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Anyone in the family and neighborhood knew they could call on Don to help them out. He was considered a “jack of all trades”.
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years. Four children; Sabine (Joe) Sutter of Gladstone, Michael (Lori) Mitsch of Lake Villa, Illinois, Rodney (Robyn) Potvin of Gladstone and Diana Potvin of Gladstone, 10 grandchildren; Brad (Sarah) Sutter of Marquette, Adam (fiancé Mallory Brockman) Sutter of Gladstone, Meaghan (Todd) Pemberton of Gladstone, Hayley Thurber of Escanaba, Dallas Potvin of Gladstone, Holly Thurber of Milwaukee, Dakota Potvin of Gladstone, Jayden Potier of Gladstone, Sydney Mitsch and Shae Mitsch both of Lake Villa, Illinois, as well as 14-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters Debra (Dave) Dubovsky of Wetmore MI, Kay Maynard and Darlene Nassau both of Escanaba, brother Randall (Linda Langston) Potvin of Gladstone, sister-in-law, Rita Darby of Pickerington Ohio, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerlinde’s parents, sister Adele Potvin, In-laws Steve Darby, Richard Marenger, and Gabi and Willie Watson.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Following visitation, there will be a time of sharing until 3:15. Military Honors will be presented at 3:15 with funeral services to follow officiated by Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski.