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James "Ray" Raymond Potts

October 5, 1933 — July 27, 2021

James "Ray" Raymond Potts

James "Ray" Raymond Potts, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at Wesbury United Methodist Community, Meadville.

Ray was born in Washington, PA, on October 5, 1933; the fourth child of John and Sarah (Reese) Potts and lived his entire life in Meadville.

He was a 1951 graduate of Meadville High School and served in the US Army, 101st Airborne and 25th Division Military Police Corps during the Korean War. He married Eleanor Magnacca on his return in 1955.

He worked in several tool trades before finding his niche in sales at the former Wolff's Sales and Service, and retired from Tractor Supply.

He was a member of St. Mary of Grace Church, a lifetime member of The Huidekoper VFW Post #2006 and served numerous terms as Post Commander and member of the Color Guard. He was also a member of the Norrisville Sportsmen Club and taught hunter safety courses to the youth of Crawford County for several years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending many of his weekends on French Creek and Tamarak Lake; hunting season found him in the big woods of Warren County and Norrisville, hunting with his sons and extended family.

Ray's greatest pleasures were family and friends, spending time with them and making them happy, especially around his kitchen table.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eleanor; sons Jeffery, James Jr. (Elizabeth), David (Linda); daughter in law Patricia; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his son Randy; his granddaughter Rachel; his daughter in law Pamela Sue; brothers Tom and John; and sister Virginia.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5-8 PM on Friday, July 30, 2021, at STEPHEN P. MIZNER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 404 CHESTNUT ST., MEADVILLE, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30 PM.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 31, at Epiphany of the Lord Parish, St. Mary of Grace Church, 1085 Water St., Meadville, with Fr. Jeff Lucas, Pastor, officiating.

Ray will be laid to rest in St. Brigid Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ray's memory to VFW Post #2006, 1045 S. Morgan St., Meadville, PA 16335, or any veteran organization.

The family would like to thank the staff of Wesbury as well as Hospice of Crawford County for the wonderful care and support they provided.

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Past Services


Friday, July 30, 2021

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. - Meadville

404 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Scripture service at 7:30 PM

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Mass of Christian Burial

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church

1085 Water Street, Meadville, PA 16335

Scripture service at 7:30 PM

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