John Potts

John H. "Jake" Potts

Thursday, November 11th, 1943 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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John Hugh 'Jake' Potts passed away after a long illness on July 16th with family by his side. He was born to Grayce E. (Mackie) and David B. Potts on November 11, 1943 in Clearfield.

John graduated from Clearfield High School in 1961 when he enlisted in the United States Navy until 1964. After his military service, he worked at the Shawville Power Plant starting as a janitor who changed light bulbs to becoming an Electrical Supervisor, exemplifying his strong work ethic that his family has long admired.

John seemed most at home in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, observing wildlife, going for nature rides, spending time and tending to his camp. For years, he volunteered for the Senior Environment Corps as he cared about water quality and conservation. In fact, he received the Watershed Stewardship Award from the Clearfield County Conservation District in 2018.

John is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Nancy Susan (Carns) Potts, his sons David (Lisa) Potts of Hyannis Port, Ma., and Daniel (Stephanie) Potts of Hope Valley, RI, his daughters Susan (Jon) Mikesell and Rebecca (Andy) Brickley of Clearfield. He was the grandfather to Jacob and Benjamin Potts, Julia Potts, Claire, Paige, and Luke Mikesell, and Hugh and Will Brickley.

He is also survived by siblings Elizabeth Lezzer of Curwensville, William Potts of New York, Martha (Jack) Eshelman of West Virginia, and Timothy (Karen) Potts of Clearfield.

He was predeceased by his sister Julia Potts of Clearfield and his beautiful granddaughter Madeline Potts of Rhode Island.

John was a man of few words but showed his love of family on the many Potts Family vacations. He enjoyed listening to stories around the campfire and laughing at the antics of his grandchildren.

Friends will be received for John at the Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield on Friday, July 19th from 4-7 PM and July 20th from 9-10 AM.

Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 20th at 10 AM with Pastor Todd Hogue officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Clearfield.

Military honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the members of the Clearfield Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name may be made to the Maddie Potts Foundation, PO Box 539, Hope Valley, RI 02832.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Todd Hogue
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery
    Cemetery Road
    Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
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Posted at 02:20pm
Please accept my most sincere sympathy for the death of your loved one. We can find comfort in the word of God because it assures us that "there is going to be a resurrection" (Acts 24:15).  God promises to give life back to millions of people who have died, and he desires to do so very soon.

We know this from what a servant of God from the past, Job, asked God: “If a man dies, can he live again?  I will wait all the days of my compulsory service (death) until my relief comes.   You (Jehovah) will call, and I (Job) will answer you. You will long for the work of your hands." (Job 14:14, 15) God is longing to give life back to those who have died.

Perhaps these words do not calm your pain but we are certain that God will resurrect all those who demonstrate faith in the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. Reflecting on the divine promises found in the Bible will give you the hope and strength to keep going until all of God’s promises are fulfilled.  May these words bring you and your family much comfort from Jehovah God, the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4). 

Bob Rishel Posted at 10:19am

Nancy, So sorry for your loss. I did not know John well, but I knew him to be a really good guy and a pleasure to be around Bob Rishel.

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