Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 19, Ed. 1 Friday, September 23, 2011 Page: 7 of 48
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DEATHS, From Previous Page
being planned. Donations in his name can be
made to Amelia Court at Parkland Hospital, Re-
source Center Dallas or a charity of your choice.
Richard Michael "Rick" Potter, 56, died Satur-
day, Sept. 10, at Heritage Gardens Nursing Home
and Rehabilitation Center in Carrollton.
Potter was born in Heidelberg, Germany on June
8,1955. As a child growing up in Denison, Potter
attended Parkside Baptist Church from the age of 5
until he moved to Gainesville. He held a perfect at-
tendance record for 14 consecutive years at Park-
Potter graduated from Denison High School in
1973 and continued his education at Grayson
County College to become a licensed vocational
nurse after he graduated in 1974. His love for nurs-
ing started at Madonna Hospital in Denison where
he worked as an orderly, and he worked in a variety
of medical facilities in places such as the state school
in Gainesville, the Louisiana State Prison in Angola,
La., and the Dallas County Jail. He continued his
nursing education at Tarrant County Junior College
where he studied nursing home administration.
Potter worked as a nurse in the Vocational Coun-
seling & Rehabilitation Services in St. Louis, Mo. He
also worked in Boca Raton, Ha., and at Savoy Nurs-
ing Home, Savoy, Texas. He did a lot of private duty
nursing for many of his friends.
Potter also loved landscaping and he worked in
Dallas for many years as an independent land-
scaper and as an employee for Noel David Pullam
Garden Design. He also loved to travel and collect-
ing matchbox cars and antiques. He touched many
lives during his short life and he will be missed
Potter was reunited by telephone in 2007 with his
birth mother, Irmgard Walter, and found out about
his eight brothers and sisters and his huge extended
family in Germany.
Shortly after the tele-
phone reunion with his
birth mother, he flew to
and was reunited with
his mom and met his
brothers and sisters for
I the first time. Each of
IW/ his brothers and sisters
loved him and ac-
cepted him with open arms, and Potter made sev-
eral more trips to Heidelberg to get to know more
about his family and German heritage.
Potter was preceded in death by his adopted
mother, Hilda Potter of Denison, and his birth
mother, Irmgard Walter, of Heidelberg, Germany.
He is survived by his adopted father, Jesse C. Potter
Jr. of Denison; his sisters, Linda Thomas and her
husband Charley Thomas of Denison, and Ange-
lica (Geli) Wind, Dorle Gand, Engrid Zimmerman
and Rosie Discher, all of Heidelberg; his brothers,
Tomas, Udo, Helmet and Heiner Zimmerman, all
of Heidelberg; his niece, Allison Lee-Anne Essin,
her husband, Sam Essin, and their daughters, Ella
Grace, Kimber Faith and Logann Hope of Sher-
man; Linda's sister, Angie Dermis of Pittsburg,
Kansas; his aunts Christa Murgida of Beverly,
Mass., Irene of North Carolina, Jessie Mae and her
husband Bob of South Carolina, Carline of Geor-
gia, Hannelor Hildebrand and Renada, both of
Heidelberg; his uncle Dieter of Heidelberg; nu-
merous nieces and nephews in Heidelberg, and a
host of very close friends and extended family in
the Dallas, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and
Raleigh, Mo., areas.
The family extends a special thank you to all of
his friends that helped to take care of Potter while
he Was sick at home, in the hospital and at the
rehab center. They were all a blessing and an an-
A memorial service honoring Potter's life was
held Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Bratcher Funeral Home
in Denison, with Dr. Chet Haney officiating. Asec-
ond memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept.
24, at 3 p.m. in the Interfaith Peace Chapel on the
campus of the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas for
those unable to make the journey to Denison.
To honor Potter's lifelong commitment to help-
ing those in need, the family asks that donations
in his name be made to the Resource Center Dallas
Food Pantry, The Callie Clinic Food Pantry of Tex-
oma in Sherman, The Interfaith Peace Chapel
Project at The Cathedral of Hope, Dallas and the
Grayson County Shelter.
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appointment with a recruiter to discuss the pos-
sibility on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Johnson said he was stationed in Germany fpr
the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom. When
Turkey refused to allow American planes to use
its airspace, he said, he was responsible for find-
ing alternate routes and bases that allowed the
mission to happen.
After serving more than nine.years, Johnson
was dismissed from the military under DADT.
But like many who were dismissed, Johnson
Another member of the Air Force asked him
out on a date. When he turned the man down,
that airman went to Johnson's Superior and re-
ported him as being gay.
Johnson said there was no defense he could
present. His attorney said that explaining the
story of why he was turned in would just be seen
So Johnson was given an honorable discharge
and he returned to Dallas while the closeted gay
man who turned him in remained in the Air
Johnson said he would like to finish his 20 years
to take advantage of full military retirement ben-
efits. Although he is talking to a recruiter, Johnson
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