Luther Henry Pottbecker, age 92, of Melbourne, Florida and resident many years of the Candlewood Lake Club, New Milford, Connecticut died peacefully in Newtown, CT surrounded by family on November 3, 2016 following a short battle with cancer.
Luther was born in East Prussia, Germany on July 18, 1924 son of the late William and Anna (Morning) Pottbecker and immigrated to the United States with his parents at a young age. In 1943, Luther enlisted in the army and served in the 347th Airdrome Squadron and participated in the China-Burma-India Campaign during WWII. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Married for fifty-four years, Luther met his late wife, Amy MacDonald) in New Haven, CT, at a Y.W.C.A. dance. The two were blessed with two children, Cathy Ann Pottbecker-Alpert of Newtown and Scott Edward Pottbecker of Morris, CT. Luther is also survived by his son-in-law Craig Alpert and daughter-in-law Amy Pottbecker and four grandchildren, Kayla 25, Colin 23, Taylor 20, and Sage 13, all adored and loved deeply by Luther.
For those who knew Luther, they will remember a man that loved his family, was forever “29” at heart and lived life to the fullest. In addition to enjoying spending time with his family and friends, Luther enjoyed playing bridge, golf, swimming, sailing, boating and dancing. Luther was an active member in the American Contract Bridge League and was a Masterpoints recipient.
In lieu of flowers, Luther wishes for everyone to spend time with family and friends and celebrate life.
Friends and family may call on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. There will be a private burial in New Milford Center Cemetery, New Milford.