Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI


Stephen Craig Potter

September 27, 1938May 28, 2019

Stephen Craig Potter of Bath, Michigan, passed away due to complications from Parkinson’s on May 28, 2019. He was 80 years old. Steve is survived by his wife Frana, daughter Joan (Andrew), daughter-in-law Mimi, son Daniel (Heather), and grandchildren Zachary, Benjamin, Alexander, Hannah, Claire, Aiden and Addison, his brother Harry Potter (Elsa) and sister Phyllis Smith. Steve was preceded in death in December, 2018 by his son Thomas.

Steve was born on September 27, 1938 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to E.R. and Wilma (Walrath) Potter. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1961. He and Frana were married in December, 1961 and moved from Iowa to Michigan, where he had a long career in mortgage and real estate investment management with Michigan National Bank and Farm Bureau Insurance in Lansing. Steve was a passionate woodworker who designed and built beautiful furniture for his family in his home workshop. He enjoyed tent camping across the country with his family when the children were young, exploring MSU Salvage for interesting items he could repurpose, perusing art fairs and museums, attending local theater events, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, traveling the world with Frana, and spending time with family and friends.

Visitation with family will be on Saturday June 15 from 4-6 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes East Chapel, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Ceremony Saturday, June 15, 2019


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Jay Kacena

June 4, 2019

STEVE POTTER was a friend to all of his 1957 high school classmates, attending reunions every five years through the 60th in 2017. He was loved and respected by all and will be especially missed as fewer and fewer gather to remember the good times of our early years in Marion, Iowa. Our love and sympathy to Frana and family.

Barbara Thomas

June 2, 2019

I recall both Frana and Steve in my classes at Marion High School - both good students, both great to have in class. I loved teaching at Marion! What a good bunch of students! (It was so much more fun than my 33 years teaching at the University of Iowa.) I was thrilled when I got to teach chemistry. In MHS, our teaching duties included keeping the noise down between classes - imagine that compared to today's high schools (although it may still be great at MHS! - In fact, I will bet it is.) However, my six children attended Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids where things weren't so orderly - in fact, it was utter chaos!
An ancient joke: If I had known I was going to live this long, I would've taken better care of myself.
There's no way that I would include a picture!
Frana, I know you have precious memories; think about all those happy days together!
With deep sympathy, Barbara Thomas

Thomas Oster

June 2, 2019

Dear Frana and family,
Carla and I were saddened to hear of Steve's passing. I have fond memories of having worked with Steve at Michigan National Bank in the early to mid 1960's. In fact, Steve trained me to become the staff appraiser in the mortgage department. It was from the time I spend with Steve that helped me make the transition from banking to appraising on a professional basis. He was always very level headed, fair minded and highly respected. Our paths crossed again in the late 80's or early 90's when Steve stopped in Traverse City while on business. I also remember the fun times we had with you and the Koets's in Lansing while at MNB.

Thomas W. Oster
Indianapolis, Indiana

Jim Ford

June 1, 2019

Frana and family,
So sorry to hear about Steve's passing, and I send my sympathy to all of you. I have many fond memories of time shared with Steve during HS, and working at odd jobs on his dad's acreage. We built stone steps for the back porch, cleaned out the septic tank, and put shingles on the new garage.
I will always remember how cold it was when we shingled the garage roof. If you hit a nail a little off center, it would snap off. When we took a break to warm up in the house, Steve's dad called us a couple of pansies.
Enjoy all your memories of Steve, I will enjoy mine. He was a neat guy.