Funeral services for Jim Potts, 78 year old Buffalo man who passed away Wednesday evening  at the Amie Holt Care Center in Buffalo, will be held Wednesday, August 2nd at 2:00 p.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo, with Pastor Don Paulson officiating.  Visitation will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the American Legion and VFW in charge of military graveside rites immediately following the service.  Donations in Mr. Potts’ memory may be made to the VFW in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.  Online condolences may be made at

James Charles Potts was born on October 6, 1938 in Hamilton, Montana to James and Ruth Potts. He attended schools in Hamilton through the 11th grade and in 1956 moved with his family to Buffalo where he graduated from Johnson County High School with the class of 1957.   In 1958 Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served until receiving an honorable discharge in January of 1962.  After the service he returned to Buffalo and worked construction before taking a job with the Wyoming Highway Department.  He was married in 1974 in Buffalo to Marilyn Matto and they had five daughters.  Jim went to work for the Veteran’s Home of Wyoming in the early 1970’s where he worked for 35 years.  After retiring he continued living in Buffalo until his death.

He was a member of the American Legion and VFW and the Eagles Club.  Jim had a passion for genealogy and loved studying the Potts family history.  He was a history buff and collected artifacts from the early days of Buffalo when Fort McKinney was active.

He is survived by five daughters, Michelle Potts and her partner Mike Moses of Buffalo, Jessica Potts Wylie and her husband Clayton of Casper, Melissa Humes and her husband David of Tigard, Oregon, Janina Krei and her husband Otis of Byron, Wyoming and Jolene Potts of Buffalo; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson.

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