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Robert Edward Potts
  • Hospice of Sturgis
    P.O. Box 126
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“Sending my sincere condolences to the family. May the God of comfort give you strength and peace during this difficult time. - Psalm 29:11 ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“I'm a classmate of Poncho's, SHS class of 1967. I first met Poncho after sixth grade during the beginners summer band camp for the low brass section...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Hopping - Augusta, KY

“Potts was like an uncle to me, he has been in my life since the day I was born. I will miss him so much. I always looked forward to him coming to our...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Kristina Turchi - Columbus, MI

“To Bob's entire family we would like to express our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. A true friend since elementary school, SHS Class of...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Atwater - Dunlap, IL - Friend

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI

“Bob,God Bless.Kent NorrisClass of 67 ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Kent Norris - Elwood, IL

“Worked beside him at American Axle, Dept 93 for many years. All around good co worker. Gave him rides home occasionally. Great to have known him. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Kirsch - Sturgis, MI

“Sending to the entire family love and wishes for peace. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Val and George Padgett - NC

“I remember playing in the junior high and senior high school bands with Bob (I played at French horn). We also played in a brass sextet for several...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jon Rhoads - Alachua, FL

“Sending sympathy to you and your family, Rocky. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Beth Pratt-Peugeot - Sturgis, MI

“Dear Judi & Freeman & family, Mike & Pam and family,I know no words can take away the pain and sorrow you are feeling now. May knowing our thoughts...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lori & John Metalonis - Erie, PA

“Mr. and Mrs. Potts, Eric and Kristen; I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and hoping memories bring comfort. Mr. Potts, through Eric's post,...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle Gronau - Paw Paw, MI


Robert Edward "Poncho" Potts age 68 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away early Thursday morning March 30, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born December 18, 1948 in Three Rivers, Michigan son of the late Royal and Dorothy (Chrisman) Potts.
Bob resided most of his life in Sturgis and was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1967 where he excelled in music. Bob was an accomplished tubist attending many camps and traveling abroad with Music Youth International. He could not only play the tuba but nearly any instrument including the piano. He continued his education at Western Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor and Master Degree in music.
He had been employed by the Kirsch Company for many years until the closing of the company at which time he accepted a position in the shipping department at American Axle in Three Rivers where he retired following 11 year of dedicated employment and was a member of Local Union 2093.
Bob had a true appreciation of music and played in area bands including a Dixieland band in Grand Rapids. He enjoyed bowling and golf and had achieved a hole in one. He also loved his weekly poker party with his friends.
Bob is survived by one sister: Judi (Freeman) Hochstetler of Sturgis; one brother: Michael (Pam) Potts of Gobles; sister-in-law: Janice Potts of Sturgis; nieces and nephews: Eric (Kristen) Potts, Amy (her fiancé John Summey) Burr, Christopher (Cori) Schoenauer, John "Rocky" Schoenauer and Reka Marie Hochstetler.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: David Potts and two nephews: Richard "Rick" Potts and Shawn Potts.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. A gathering of family and friends to honor and celebrate the life of Robert E. "Poncho" Potts will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Saturday, April 8th at the Eagles Lodge #1314, 1207 West Chicago Rd. in Sturgis.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Bob's memory consider Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.