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   Roy Dean Potter, 84, of Kirksville, Missouri, died unexpectedly, Sunday (March 16, 2008) at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, with his family at his side.

   The son of James Henry and Sarah Ellen (Warwick) Potter he was born September 16, 1923 in Kirksville, Missouri. On September 15, 1945 in Kirksville, Dean was united in marriage to Ruby Pauline Mason who survives. This past year, they celebrated sixty-two years of marriage.

   Dean is also survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kevin and Jennifer Potter of Kirksville, MO and John Potter of Springfield, MO; one daughter and son-in-law, Darsha and Robert Summers of Pleasant Hill, MO; one brother, Ruben Potter of Kirksville, MO; four grandchildren, Rachael Potter, Katie Potter, Robbie Summers and Chris Summers; three great-grandchildren, RC Summers, Alexis Summers and Phoenix Summers and numerous nieces and nephews.

   Roy Dean was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, ten brothers; four infant daughters and two infant sons.      

   Roy Dean spent most of his life in Adair County, where he received his education in the Kirksville Public School system. Throughout the years he worked delivering coal, operating heavy equipment, building roads and finally retiring after fifteen years of service at a local area hospital. He spent most of his life working hard to provide for his family. His own needs were simple and his greatest desires were to do for others, and to be right with the Lord. And after many years of failing health, his only complaint was that he wanted to be able to walk like he used to; be able to hunt and fish, and pick berries “for Mom to can”.

   Roy Dean Potter was a good husband, father and friend and will be missed terribly.

   Funeral services were held Thursday (March 20, 2008) at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, with one hour of visitation held before his service. Services were conducted by Pastor Ralph Wheeler. Interment followed at Maple Hills Cemetery in Kirksville.

   Casket bearers were Anthony Potter, Donald Potter, Kevin Potter, Larry Potter, Paul Potter and Rick Potter. Honorary bearers were Chris Summers and Robbie Summers.

   Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Roy Dean Potter Memorial Fund. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.