David R. Potes

December 03, 1937 ‒ July 15, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

David R. Potes, age 81, of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019.

He was born on December 3, 1937 in Howard, Ohio to the late Charles and Charline (Rinehart) Potes.  David was employed for a brief time at Chattanooga Glass but retired from Cooper Bessemer after numerous years of employment.  He was a Life Member of AMVETS Post #95, Life Member and Chaplain of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #760 Mount Vernon, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association of Knox County, and the BMW Riders Association of Knox County.  David was a veteran serving in the United States Army.

He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Lynn (Tom Oakes) Potes; his sons, Ricky Allen (Sherri) Potes, Daniel Raymond (Stacey) Potes; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; his brother Gordon (Betty) Potes; and his sister Linda (Donnie Clements) Potes.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his son Douglas Potes; five sisters, Dorothy Dinsmore, Elsie Richards, Retha Goossens, Eunice Potes, Virginia Payne; and two brothers, Chuck and Wayne Potes.

Friends may call on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 4-7PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home.  A service will be held on Friday, at the funeral home, beginning at 11AM.  Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow in Amity Cemetery.

Memorial contribution may be made to:  America’s Freedom Lodge, 4070 Johnstown-Utica N.E., Utica, Ohio 43080 (or) AMVETS Riders Chapter #95, 311 S. Mechanic St., Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  All family and friends with motorcycles are encouraged to ride in the procession to honor “David R”

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of David R. Potes.


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  • I’m so so sorry 💔 . I definitely feel your pain along with you 😔 . One month to the day after dad !! They are riding high together again . Love you all , hugs .

  • I’m sooo sorry for loss..My heart thoughts and prayers are with you all during difficult time. It’s only been 5 weeks since dad passed. Prayers for you all..Brenda and I always called Dave our 2nd dad and we truly loved that man. Prayers for you all.

  • My condolences to you.
    Uncle David was an amazing guy.
    I will treasure all the fond memories of him.
    RIP Uncle David.

  • Linda,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It was a long hard fight! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care

  • Linda
    My deepest cndolenoces for the loss of your brother, David. My thoughts and prayers going out to you and your family!

  • Sorry to hear about Dave, I always enjoyed talking with him as a neighbor and friend. Dave could fix anything, and was glad to lend a hand if you needed it. We relocated back to Parkersburg, WV, 4 years ago. I didn’t get to see him much after that. He always said “Hello Roge” when we would meet. Will miss him. I lived at 803 Howard St.

  • Ricky
    Our thoughts and prayers to you and family . Hans and I enjoyed riding and talking with him.

  • Linda:
    Sorry for the loss of your brother. I got acquainted with Dave when I was a member at the Eagles for several years. Always enjoyed talking with him.
    Thoughts and prayers.

    Roger Marra

  • Danny and family! My heart goes out to all of you and my prayers are with you during your loss 🙏🏻
    Losing someone you love is never easy but a good friend of mine ( Danny) told me once, that our loved ones are now in the arms of our Lord and what a wonderful and safe place to be. As, we all look forward to the day we are all reunited. 🙏🏻❤️

  • Our Hearts are full of sorry for the loss of U. David. Thoughts and Prayers for all the kid’s, A. Linda and U. Gordon.

    Rest In Heaven U. David, We Love and Will Miss You Alot.

  • I always was happy to run into Dave at Barb’s Diner occasionally. They knew him by rib man because that is always what he would eat. I always waived at him because he couldn’t hear. Linda and family I am so sorry for your loss. Colleen (son and family used to live at 800 Howard St.).

  • I will miss Uncle Dave. Fond memories of 804 Howard Street. I spent many Summers visiting my uncle and cousins there. Rest in peace Uncle Dave you will be truly missed. Love Becky

  • To Davey’s Entire Family —- We share in the loss of yet another Cooper Family member. I would imagine that instead of thunder, we might have heard his motorcycle headed toward Heaven. Davey was always well liked at work and had a smile and a greeting for everyone. He will be missed. Sending you all, our deepest sympathy and friendship. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • My husband, Mike Streby, worked with Dave at Cooper’s. He says Dave was the best boring mill operator they ever had. Our sympathy.

  • I am so sorry for your loss of such an amazing man. I am beyond grateful to have shared some amazing memories with him ,Doug and family. Forever in our hearts! RIP “RR” and say hi to Doug for us!
    Carol Caitlin Shelby Stahl

  • To Dave’s Entire Family : I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Cooper’s. We shared many stories and laughs over the years. Although I hadn’t seen him for many years, I’ve often thought about him. He was a swell guy and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • To the potes family.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of dave. Didn’t know much about him. May he rest in peace. Keep riding that golden highway and may the sun never set.

  • So very sorry to hear this ❤️🙏
    Prayers for his family ❤️🙏
    Rest in peace Uncle David ❤️

    Laurie and family

  • Rick, Tammy, Danny,
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time. Your dad was a very special man. He will be missed by so many and was loved by many. I love you all.