John R. Potts, 92, of Meadville, passed away on December 1, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center. He was born on March 24, 1921 in Monongahela City, Pa., a coal mining town in Washington County, a son of John Robert Potts and Sarah Ann Reece Potts. He married June Ellen Locke on February 22, 1939, she preceded him in death on May 22, 1990.
He was employed at American Viscose, later known as Axtex Fibers for 48 years. He retired in 1985 when the plant closed. John served his country with the U.S. Army
in Philippines during WWII
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post #2006, American Legion, lifetime member of Vernon Fire Department; he was one of the founders of the Norrisville Sportsmans Club. He hunted every year since he was a teenager and every single day for 15 years. John also coached baseball for 30 years.
John was survived by his two daughters, Barbara Ellen Niedermeyer and her husband Joe of Springboro and Sally Ann Potts of Conneautville; four sons, John R. Potts, Jr. and his wife Bev of Erie, James R. Potts and his wife Barb of Conneaut Lake, Jody L. Potts and his wife Cindy of Conneautville, and Charles E. Potts and his wife Lura of Meadville; 21 grandchildren, David, Deborah, Lisa, Jo Ann, Darren, Stacey, Amy, Jackie, Pam, Jason, Beth Ann, J.J., Brian, SuAnne, Jody, Kevin, Kim, Karen, Ryan, Tiffany, and Robert; 35 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; a brother. Ray Potts and his wife Ellie of Meadville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Rae; an infant son, Paul Potts; a sister, Virgina Nagoette; and a brother, Tom Potts.
Family and friends are welcome to call on Wednesday, December 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00pm to 9:00 p.m. at Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 544 Chestnut Street, Meadville. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Jones of Church of Christ, officiating.
Burial will take place in Rundelltown Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in John's memory to Norrisville Sportsman's Club, 13775 Gaut Road, Meadville, PA 16335 or VFW Post 2006, 1045 S. Morgan Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or American Legion, 17137 Cussewago Road, Meadville, PA 16335.
Please take a moment to share a memory, condolence, or to order flowers for the family on John's Book of Memories online at www.roofnercollinswar renfh.com
Published in the Erie Times-News on Dec. 3, 2013