Robert F. Potter

Born: 03/12/1948 Passed:

Robert F. Potter, age 71, passed away February 13, 2020.

Husband, father, grandfather, Landscape Architect, Montessori teacher, Genealogist/Librarian, Homeschool pioneer, butterfly enthusiast, music lover, reader. He was faithful; a man given to few but well-chosen words with a quick wit. Although dementia robbed him of his sense of self in his final years, we remembered for him, and now he is fully restored!

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy; children, Rebecca (John) Gray, Russell (Shaun), John (Millissa), David, Merrick (Abbey), James (Victoria); grandchildren, Ailyah, Joshua, Preston, Naomi, Norah, Peter, Samuel, Brynn, Annalise, Silas, Luke, Eli, Jonah.

Thank you to all who helped and prayed, old friends, church family, daycare, and hospice.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”  Psalm 73: 26

There will be a Memorial Service held Saturday, February 22, 11:00 a.m., at Community Vineyard Church, 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.  Luncheon to follow.

Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society





2 Tributes to Robert F. Potter

  1. Sharon Kimmy says:

    I remember his walks around the block with Nancy, and them stopping to chat a while. Hopefully he now has peace and is fully restored.

  2. Lynda Rimke says:

    I first met Bob and Nancy in the ‘80s when I joined a small circle of Christians for Sunday worship. Nancy was quick to make new friends while Bob quietly led his family from behind. But once I got to know him, his interests in alternative education, landscape design and the beauty of Gods creation were a constant source of deep conversation.
    Bob and Nancy were a big part of our wedding, working behind the scenes to create a joyful celebration. They grew together to become pillars of active service in our growing church, where Bob served as Deacon.
    And through the years, as our church grew, we were a part of a “home group” they hosted mid week. Bob continued to lead by example and offer his wisdom in “words fitly spoken.” And we saw each week the evidence of the Potters’ gift of teaching and love of creation on display in the dining room: from pine cones, to Blue Jay feathers, to cecropia moth cocoons in jars. We modeled our own young family on those “Potter Priciples” lived out before us.
    This summer we were delighted to host the Potters for a cookout at our new homestead a hour away from Akron. The grandchildren quickly discovered monarch caterpillars and preying mantis and showed them to the adults while Bob sat quietly in the center, supported by Nancy, his mind taken from us by aggressive dementia. And yet his active love of nature and learning were on full display in his growing family.
    I am thankful for the hope of resurrection. What a day that will be, when Bob leads us in his quiet way— from glory to glory!

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