David S. Pottle, 85

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BATH — David S. Pottle, 85, of Western Avenue, died March 15 at Bodwell House in Brunswick.

He was born in Perry on March 9, 1930, a son of Eder F. and Lucy E. (Sherman) Pottle.

David graduated from Shead Memorial High School, in Eastport. He then entered the U.S. Army, and served in the Korean War as a tank operator, rising to the rank of sergeant.

Pottle went on to work as a carpenter, and in 1975 moved to Bath. There, he was employed at Bath Iron Works until his retirement in 1997.

In 1978, he married Emily J. Wills.

A longtime master carpenter, he greatly enjoyed woodworking and had a love for dogs. He also enjoyed watching history shows of every type. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pottle was a member of both the American Legion Post No. 21 in Bath and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was predeceased by his wife on Dec. 2, 2012, and by two brothers, Raymond Pottle and Charles Pottle.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth A. Wills and wife, Debra S., of Wiscasset; two daughters, Joyce Wills and longtime companion, Paul Moline, of Phippsburg, and Jean Hughes and husband, Greg of Bath; two sisters, Annie Bowden, of Bath, and Irma DeWitt, of Brunswick; five grandchildren, Matthew Krueger and wife, Laura, of Woolwich, Martina Krueger, of Bath, Jeremy Wills, of Wiscasset, Jacob Wills, of New Hampshire, and Zachary Hughes, of Topsham; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Krueger and Lilianna Krueger, both of Woolwich; and many nieces and nephews as well as their children and grandchildren.

A funeral was held March 21 at Daigle Funeral Home, in Bath, followed by a gathering of family and friends. Burial will be later in the spring at Orchard Hill Cemetery, in West Bath.

Memorial contributions in Pottle’s name may be made to CHANS Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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