Saturday, April 30, 2016

2.12.10.2. Roy Frank Potter (1919-unknown)

Roy Frank Potter was born on 3 December 1919 in Oregon to Roy R. Potter and Rachel Ida Van Fossen. When the 1920 census was enumerated the family lived at 202 SW Boundary Street in Portland, Oregon, and Roy's father worked as a salesman selling wholesale pants. His parents divorced a few years later.

Roy's mother married Ray W. Lee in 1927 and Roy lived with his mother and step-father in Tacoma, Washington, where his step-father worked as an engineer for an elevator company. Roy's mother divorced Ray Lee sometime before the 1940 census was enumerated. Roy lived at 911 S 27th Street in Tacoma and worked as a millworker.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army on 17 June 1942 in Tacoma, Washington. Six months later, on 2 January 1943, he married Helen Isabel Muir in Phenix City, Alabama, while stationed at Ft. Benning, where he attended Infantry Officers Candidate School. According to my grandmother's genealogy notebook, the couple had two children.

When Roy's father-in-law died in 1957, Roy and his family lived in Riverside, California.

His wife died in 1981 and in 1993 Roy lived in Bellingham, Washington.

I have been unable to find any information about Roy's date or place of death.

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1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Portland, Multnomah, Oregon; Roll: T625_ 1499; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 46; Image: 1065
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Tacoma, Pierce, Washington; Roll: 2512; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0175; Image: 676.0; FHL microfilm: 2342246
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 24
Seattle Times, 8 November 1942
US, Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969, 1943 Potter, Roy F.
US, Alabama Marriage License Record, 1943 Potter, Roy F. - Muir, Helen I.
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1940 Tacoma, WA (Roy Potter)
US, Public Records Index, Volume 1, 1993 Bellingham, WA (Roy F Potter)
US, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, 1942 Potter, Roy F.

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