Richard W. Potts

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Richard "Dick" Winston Potts, 81, P.O. Box 97, Orbisonia, died unexpectedly October 23, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born February 14, 1931, in Rockhill Furnace, he was one of 10 children born to Howard and Verna (Conner) Potts. Mr. Potts is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy (Crawford) Potts of Orbisonia, whom he married on January 26, 1952, in Winchester, Va.; his daughter, Linda Potts Knepper and husband, Rick of Chambersburg; two grandchildren, Stacy Knepper Gregson and husband, Rusty of Shippensburg, and Rodney Knepper of Shippenbsurg; and one great-grandchild, Carter Gregson of Shippensburg. Dick is also survived by two brothers, Gerald "Joe" Potts and wife, Nancy of Wilmington, N.C., and Benjamin Potts and wife, Sylvia of Texas. Dick was preceded in death by siblings, Donald, Raymond, Howard (Bill), and Wimbert Potts, Lois (Potts) Higgins, and two infant brothers. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, Dick spent much of his career serving as District Maintenance Engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He retired in 1990 after 32 years of service to the Department. Throughout his life, he owned numerous businesses in Orbisonia, including Potts' IGA Grocery Box and most recently D&P Surplus. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge, Huntingdon, and life member and past Commander of American Legion Post 518 in Rockhill Furnace. He was recently honored for 60 years of membership to Cromwell Lodge No. 572 F&AM, Orbisonia. Additionally, he was a member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Harrisburg Consistory for more than 50 years and a member of the Jaffa Shrine, Altoona. He was a member of the Orbisonia Rockhill Fire and Ambulance Company for 25 years, served numerous terms as Councilman on Orbisonia Borough Council, and was a member of the Orbisonia United Methodist Church. Mr. Potts also enjoyed woodworking and gardening in his free time. The funeral service service will be held Saturday, October 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Robert D. Heath Funeral Home, 61 E. Shirley St., Mount Union, with Pastor Tim Miller officiating. Interment will be at the Orbisonia Cemetery, Rockhill Furnace, with military honors performed by the Huntingdon County Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. on Saturday until the time of the service. A Masonic memorial service by the Cromwell Lodge will be held at the funeral home Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to Southern Huntingdon Area Library, 554 Cromwell St., Orbisonia, PA 17243.
Published in Public Opinion on Oct. 26, 2012
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