September 9, 1944 - February 20, 2022
On February 20, 2022 we lost one of the good guys. Terri L. Potter, 77, of Bonita Springs, Florida and formally of Madison, Wisconsin passed away after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Terri was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, leader and patriot. Terri was born in Waukegan, Illinois to James and Arline Potter on September 9, 1944. He attended Zion-Benton High School, class of 1962. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois in 1966 and Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1972. Terri served in the United States Navy for four years and attended Navy Officer Candidate School. In 1967-68 he was aboard the U.S.S. Luzerne County (LST-902) which was permanently assigned to support river combatants in the MeKong River in South Vietnam. He was discharged a full Lieutenant. After his military service Terri had a distinguished career in Health Care Administration. He was CEO/President of Meriter Hospital, Madison, WI; Interim CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, CO; Interim CEO of Richland Center Hospital, Richland Center, WI. Terri was viewed as a leader of leaders. He was a member of many board of directors including the Morgridge Institute for Research, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, US Bank Advisory Board, Wisconsin Hospital Association, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Association, and the Wisconsin Patient Safety Institute. He was also a member of the State of Wisconsin Governor’s Business Council and several United Way of Dane County Campaign Cabinets. In his retirement he enjoyed spending his winters in Florida, summers in Door County, WI and time with family. Terri also loved photography, reading, travel, and attending Badger and Packer sporting events. He is survived by his loving wife, Carla Wilson Potter; two daughters, Sarah (Eric) Persson of Oakhurst, California and Suzanne (Vincent) Formanek of Madison, Wisconsin; a son, Matthew (Catherine) Potter of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Amber, Aidan, Wyatt, Amelia, Lucy, Levi, and Ruby; two sisters, Andrea Rode and Sue Ann (John) Becker. He was dearly loved and will forever be in our hearts. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 11 AM at Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 Tamiami Trail South, Bonita Springs, FL 34134. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Madison, WI. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Joanne’s House of Hope Hospice (https://donate.hopehcs.org/) or Lee County Salvation Army (https://give.salvationarmyflorida.org/give/179306/#!/donation/checkout). To sign Terri’s guest register or to leave online condolences, please visit www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com. Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, Family Owned and Operated since 1978.
On February 20, 2022 we lost one of the good guys. Terri L. Potter, 77, of Bonita Springs, Florida and formally of Madison, Wisconsin passed away after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Terri was a loving husband,... View Obituary & Service Information
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