Kirby S. Potter

September 17, 1941 ‒ July 27, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

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

  • May the love of your family and friends comfort you in the days ahead.
    Our deepest condolences

  • So very sorry Sue for you and your family. God be with you at this time and the days ahead.

  • Debbie and family-
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. Cherish the great memories of your dad!

  • Debbie and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of all you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences.

  • John and Family –

    We are so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We feel very blessed to have had the chance to get to know your dad and will cherish those memories! Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers!

    The Papanek Family
    Jeff, Heather, Paige & Morgan

  • My condolences to Kirby’s family. We worked together at GM. Kirby was a good work and nice person. He will be missed.

  • Sue, Debbie, John and family,
    Please know that we are thinking of you all and sending our love and prayers. Someone as special as Kirby will never be forgotten!
    Becky, Jeff & Ava

  • Sorry for your loss. Grew up with Kirby, Donald and Claudia. Had some great summers together with other cousins.
    Judy potter

  • Sue and family,
    Thinking of you all during this difficult time. May you all be surrounded with God’s Love and be comforted with your wonderful memories which will become treasures.

  • So sorry to hear of Kirby passing. he will
    Be missed. Your neighbors at the lake.

  • So sorry Sue that You’ve lost the love of your life. Thinking of hi brings back many good memories we shared double dating. Many years ago, lots of good times since. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • My deepest thoughts and sympathies to all the family. May the wonderful memories of Uncle Kirby be the strength to help you through.

  • So sorry for your loss. Kirby was one of a kind! I enjoyed what time I was able to spend with your family while being Kirby’s nurse. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you, my Jesus grant you His peace and comfort now and the days ahead. Larry and Ellen Cawley

  • Debbie and family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Brian and Vickie