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Edward Gerald PottsPassing: August 27, 2023


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Wednesday, September 6th @ 10:30am


Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday, September 5th @ 4:00pm-7:00pm

Wednesday, September 6th @ 9:30am-10:30am


No Burial

BEDFORD – Edward Gerald Potts, 83, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born February 23, 1940, in Martin County, he was the son of Cecil Edward and Mary Louise (Dillon) Potts.  He married Marilyn Arlene Clifton on June 10, 1961 and she survives.

Edward was a 1960 graduate of Bedford High School.  He retired in 2008 from Crane NSWC as an electronic technician.  Edward was a member of the American Legion Post No. 250 and the International Order of Odd Fellows Shawswick Lodge No. 177.  He was a member of the Indiana National Guard and was a licensed pilot.

Surviving are his wife, Arlene Potts of Bedford; children, Kenneth Edward Potts of Rogers, Arkansas and Kathy Ann (Rob) Qualkenbush of Orleans; grandchildren, Amber (John) Peterson, Matthew Robbins, Brittnee Robbins, Jade Tuper, Jet Melvin, Richie (Chelsey) Potts, Kailey (Jacob) Morris, Natalie (John) Kluska, Grant Qualkenbush, and Emily Qualkenbush; great-grandchilren, Abby, Farrah, Taylor, Brady, Jacob, Alexander, and Ella; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou (Jerry) Melton and Karen Phipps; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; daughters, Liana Sue Robbins and Linda Denise Tuper Melvin; and siblings, Pauline Bicknell, Arthur Potts, Daniel Potts, Ronald Potts, and Marie Garren, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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5 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Dave Love | Linton, IN
    Date: September 22, 2023
    Never worked directly with Ed, but often talked over the years about many things, including Crane...
  2. Guest: Brent Sears | Linton
    Date: September 5, 2023
    I worked many years with Ed Potts and Richard Alcorn in the microbeam analysis lab. Ed was an extremely intelligent man and I learned if he spoke you best listen. I am very proud to have worked many many years with Ed and call him my friend. The world needs more Ed Potts!
  3. Guest: RY McAtee | La Vernia, TX
    Date: September 2, 2023
    Worked with Ed for several years at 605. Quite, unassuming man and a joy to work with. One of the good guys!
  4. Guest: Richard Alcorn | Shoals, Indiana
    Date: August 31, 2023
    For many years Ed and I worked in a microbeam analysis laboratory at NSWC Crane and shared an office space. He had a good background in electronics, but was hesitant initially to accept a position in the electron optics field. However, he quickly adapted and gave many productive years operating an electron probe micro-analyzer. With his knowledge in electronics he was always willing to help others in the lab when their equipment needed attention. And, he was always willing to help people in their personal lives. I will always remember when my family moved to our Shoals residence. I told Ed that the TV antenna there needed to be replaced. He had good experience in the television industry, and advised what antenna/motor system would be best for our location. Then he and his son installed the system on the 40 ft tower (which I would never climb!). I really appreciated their effort. After many years of civil service, Ed and I talked about retirement. Together, we looked into the procedure to prepare for that event. Then, Ed told me to just pick a day, and we would retire at the same time. At the end of June in 2008 we spent our last day at Crane. There was much to reflect, but also much to anticipate for the future. I truly hope the 15 years that Ed lived in retirement were enjoyable for him and his family. Knowing him, I'm sure he kept busy with many projects. His friendship will always be a good memory!
  5. Guest: greg s holt | Mitchell
    Date: August 31, 2023
    Ed was a goodin very nice family he will be missed