Lumir J. Potuzak


Lumir ‘Pete’ Potuzak, age 94, of Foley, passed away suddenly with his brother, Chester at his side Aug. 14, 2023. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Lumir Joseph Potuzak was born March 20, 1929, in Foley,  to James and Anna (Dedic) Potuzak. He lived in the Foley area on his parents farm most of his life. After graduating from Foley High School, Lumir worked in William Baskfield’s shoe shop for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1949. After serving four years in the Marines, he earned his master’s degree from St. Cloud State University and taught industrial arts for two years in Milroy. His desire to work with wood led him to leave teaching, and, on his own, he began building family homes, many of which can be seen in and around Foley, St. Cloud and Seattle, Washington. Lumir ‘Pete’ was a superb cabinet maker. Anyone who knew his work admired its artfulness and precision. He loved having coffee and meeting his friends at Brenny’s in the morning just as he loved going to the Kotsmith lumber yard to eat popcorn — and, oh, those trips to the Dairy Queen.  He had a productive, well-lived life.

He is survived by his brothers; Richard and Chester, a sister, Lorraine, and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sisters; Rudy, Frank Burcha, Mamie Janisch and Martha Coldor.