Kirby S. Potter
September 17, 1941 ‒ July 27, 2017
Kirby S. Potter, age 75, of Morrow County, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, July 27, 2017, at his residence.
He was born on September 17, 1941, in Elkhorn City, KY, to the late Claude S. Potter and Rachel (Ratliff) Staley. Throughout his childhood Kirby was raised by his grandparents: John and Mary Ellen Potter, as well as, by his uncle and aunt: Perry and Flo Swiney. Kirby attended Elkhorn City High School and later graduated from Mayo Vocational School.
On May 25, 1963, Kirby married the love of his life, Sue Cooper.
Kirby was employed in the shipping department of the General Motors Plant in Mansfield. In 2000, Kirby retired from GM after 30 years of dedicated service.
Hunting and fishing were some of Kirby’s favorite past times. He often hunted on the family farm and had a cabin on Lake Erie to escape to for fishing. Kirby was a member of the United Auto Workers Union and was an avid fan of the University of Kentucky Mens Basketball. Most importantly, family meant everything to Kirby. For the past 25 years Kirby and his wife enjoyed hosting the Cooper family reunion. He will surely be remembered as a kind and generous man.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue; son, John Kirby (Stephanie) Potter of Kettering, OH; daughter, Debbie (Bruce) Goodman of Galion; grandchildren: Kristopher Potter, Abbie Sue Goodman, Joshua Potter, and Michael Potter; great grandson, Jaxtin Kirby Potter; brothers: Harold “Donald” (Helen) Potter of Crestline and David Swiney of Sarasota, FL; sisters: Claudia Potter of Elkhorn City, KY, Carolyn Butler of Florida, and Marilyn (Richard) Hudgle of Mount Gilead; brother-in-law, Jerry (Amy) Cooper; sisters-in-law: Margaret Cooper, Dottie Cooper-McAvoy, Peggy Cooper, Nancy (Dwayne) Roach, Francis McPeek, Barbara (Ron) Richards, Kathy West, and Vicki Jean Cooper; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kirby was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenny Bartley; and brothers-in-law: Larry Butler, Pete Cooper, Bob Cooper, John Cooper, Dick McPeek, and Gene West.
Family will greet friends from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. A service to celebrate his life will be held there on Monday, July 31, 2017, at 10:30 AM, with Mike and John Curtis and Jerry Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Kirby’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.