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Richard E. Potampa Obituary
Richard E. Potampa

Beloved and devoted husband and father, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Grass Valley, CA. He was a resident of Palos Verdes Estates since 1966.

Born on the North side of Chicago, the only son of Edward and Bernice Potampa, now both deceased. Richard was a graduate of Depaul Academy, Illinois Institute of Technology {BSEE} and Pepperdine {MBA}. He was a United States Air Force veteran.

After heading his own company, Electronic Systems and Programming, Richard became a project manager in Space and Communications for many years with Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo and Culver City. He was also involved in international marketing while with the company.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; and children, Mark (Suzann) of Nevada City, CA, Robin (Tom) of San Francisco, Suzanne (Nicholas) of St. Petersburg, FL and Christopher of Palos Verdes Estates. A daughter Laura predeceased him in 2008. He leaves two grandsons, Alex and Nicholas; and a step grandson, Dan. Also surviving are his sister, Lorraine Andreoni of Desplaines, IL; niece, Cyndee Groch; and nephews, Guy and Glen.

A photography enthusiast, he was an astronomy buff and proud volunteer at Torrance Memorial for ten years. A loyal Cub fan he was still waiting for his beloved team to win a pennant.

Private services were held for immediate family members in Grass Valley. A special memorial is set for late summer. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on June 12, 2014
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