John Edward Potter

February 15, 1933 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old

John Potter Obituary

John Edward Potter (90) of Christmas Valley, Oregon passed away at his home in the company of loved ones on November 21, 2023. John was born on February 15, 1933, in Winchendon, Massachusetts to Thelma Josephine Dickerson and Alfred Guy. From just about the time John could walk, he was taking apart household items to see how they worked, repairing anything that broke, and attempting to create new things out of the old. By the age of 12, this curious boy taught himself to repair watches and clocks. He even made his own working watch out of old parts before he was a teen. It seems John was always meant to be a mechanic, a budding inventor, and a world-class tinkerer of all things with moving parts. 

John did not have it easy growing up, which inspired him to become the best version of himself. John wanted to build a better life, so he spent 6 years in the Army, traveling, becoming highly skilled in mechanics, and teaching soldiers about their weapons. 

July 19, 1958, became the happiest day of John’s life when he married his forever love and “the reason the sun came up each morning and I came home every night,” Judith Zena (Lafond) Potter in Troy, New Hampshire. The two borrowed a car and camping supplies to honeymoon in Niagara Falls. Hoping for a large family, the couple had three children, Kimberly, Darlene, and John, and later adopted their youngest, Karen. John loved bringing roses to Judy and did so each time she gave birth. When Karen’s biological mother gave birth to her, John brought roses to both ladies. When it was time to pick up their baby from the hospital, he learned that her birth mother didn’t have a ride home, so the couple gave her a ride, made sure she was settled in with her family, and let her other children meet the new baby because, “it was just the right thing to do, Dear!” John and Judy chose to have their daughter grow up knowing her biological siblings before that was a popular thing to do because a great, big extended family suited them beautifully.

The family of six moved to Sweet Home, Oregon in 1977 where John continued his career as a heavy machinery mechanic and built his own house. The couple had 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren. John lost his wife, Judith, to illness on December 27, 2008, after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. John spent his 80s telling stories of her, moving to Christmas Valley, Oregon to be near his daughter, Kim, fishing, hunting, camping, repairing tractors and trucks, carpentry, plumbing, electrical repair, and pampering his sweet dog, Bella, whom he often made his daughters talk to over the phone because, “Bella loves hearing your voice as much as I do.” 

John Potter is survived by his children, Kimberly, Darlene, John, and Karen, his sisters, Carol Chalke and Gloria Boucher, and his brothers Kenny Dickerson and Phillip Dickerson. John was predeceased by his parents, Thelma and Alfred, his sister, Dorothy Provenched, and his “good girl” pup, Bella. 

The next time you enjoy a seafood dinner, please raise a glass to John Edward Potter, a great man who crafted a good life. 

There will not be a service for John at this time.

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