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December 2, 2013

John R. Potts

MEADVILLE — John R. Potts, 92, of Meadville passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Meadville Medical Center. He was born on March 24, 1921, in Monongahela City, a coal mining town in Washington County, a son of John Robert Potts and Sarah Ann Reece Potts. He married June Ellen Locke on Feb. 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 the Philippines during World War II.

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 Sportsman’s 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 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville.

The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 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 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, 1045 S. Morgan St., 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

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