Last night at 6:40pm Grandpa left us to shine among the stars of heaven. I was at his side and holding his hand as he slipped away. He will forever be in our hearts and watching over us. Grandpa was the smartest, strongest and bravest man I have ever known and my world will never know another like him again.
I am forever thankful to everyone here who donated and allowed Grandpa to spend the last months of his life in peace and secure in his home. It meant the world to us.
It is a very Merry Christmas! Grandpa and I wanted to take moment to thank everyone here for the gift of this Christmas Day. It was because of you that Grandpa is spending Christmas in his home, warm and snug, enjoying a visit from his son Joe. There were many times this year we didn't think today, spending Christmas at home, was going to happen, but all of you made it happen. Grandpa told me he is having a wonderful and joyous Christmas day and he feels stronger today than he has in a while.
Grandpa and I are so thankful for each and everyone of you every day. You gave Grandpa the most amazing gift this year and we are forever greatful.
THE EVICTION IS OVER! I BOUGHT GRANDPA'S HOUSE BACK!!!!!!!!!
Janice and Dean agreed to sell back Grandpa's house! This has been the longest and hardest fight of our lives and it is finally over! Grandpa can spend the rest of his life in the home he built to spend it in!!!!!!
I cannot thank all of you enough. It was your donations that made buying back his home possible!! It was also your love and support that helped us make it though these last few months. Grandpa and I are forever in your debt and all of you will be forever in our hearts.
I want to take this time to once again thank Tim Gleeson, our attorney. Tim has been with us since the first week this started back in December 2010. Tim never stopped fighting for us. He started as our attorney, but has long since been the calming force in this crazy storm, the person who kept our hopes alive, Jaclyn sane and most of all became a treasured friend. I truly don't think Grandpa and I would have made it though all this without Tim and his wife Nancy. We are so thankful everyday to have them both on our team!
We finally have back The House That Jack Built!!!!!!
I know not all of you follow Grandpa on Facebook (Facebook.com/GrandpaJohnJPotter) where I post most of his weekly updates. So....
This weekend Grandpa and I had a fun day out on Saturday. Grandpa was past due for a haircut so we took a trip to the barber shop and then out to lunch. I have posted an after picture. He is the handsomest Grandpa anywhere.
I also wanted to share some memorable Grandpa quotes from this weekend.
Me: Grandpa how did you get butter on the bridge of your nose?
Gpa: It takes a great deal of talent. One day I just might show you!
Me: (Driving home from dinner) Is there anywhere else you want me to stop?
Gpa: At that red light up ahead.
Me: Good Morning!
Gpa: Is the sun really up?
Gpa: Thought it was a dream
Me: A good one or a bad one?
Gpa: I'll tell you after I've been awake for a couple hours
I love him so much! He makes my world such a brighter place!
I HAVE HAD IT. For those who did not see it. Dean Cottrill has been posting here and also to Grandpa's Facebook page(Facebook.com/grandpajohnjpotter). You have to go to the post on the 4th of July and change it to recent activity to see the posts in order.
While I am fine with my integrity and character being slandered. I am an honest and caring person who also has the strength to withstand it. Dean may state there are other reasons I moved back, but there was only one. Grandpa. All of my friends from San Diego can attest to this. I raised the money to buy back Grandpa's home. We offered the full market appraisal and then 20% over the market appraisal. It was rejected.
I do not need the money for myself. I have an education, a great paying job, and no debt to my name other than student loans. I have lived on my own and supported myself since I was 18 years old. I worked and made it through college with honors and now enjoy the rewards of the years of struggle with pride.
I have chosen to stay silent and not get into a mud slinging contest with Dean. However, I must put a stop to it when Dean continues to make comments about how my Grandfather does not care for his son or how his love and devotion to his son does not exist. Grandpa loves and adores Joe. He raised him and took care of him for 61 years until Joe was taken out of his home by Janice and Dean before he could get out of bed to say "goodbye". There is not one hour of one day when he does not think about Joe. He misses him so much the pain is almost more than he can bear. In their counter offer for the houseJanice and Dean tried to use Joe's visitation as a condition to the sale. My Grandfather will never exchange his son for his home.
My Grandpa has made more attempts than I can count to see Joe. It culminated with a petition to the court for visitation. It is being decided by the court what visitation is in Joe's best interest. We will stand by the courts opinion, not Janice and Dean's.
Dean now has also brought up the painful topic of my Grandmother's ashes. Janice had my Grandmother's ashes sent to her instead if the proper person, her husband of over 60 years. Janice and never offered them to my Grandfather and has used his refusal to beg her for them against him. A very cruel thing to do to a surviving spouse.
Dean, I have let you make your comments and say your side of the story, but if you continue to attack my grandfather or abuse the memory of my beloved grandmother I will block you from this site. You will be blocked not because I have anything to hide but because I no longer want to read your hate.
I do have an update on our Grandpa. Our court dates have been set! Thursday, October 3rd for jury selection and Friday, October 4th for the actual hearing.
The great news is we have three more months to have some peace and relax in the house. We have three months to hope and pray that Janice and Dean will sell the house back to Grandpa. We have three more months to gather strength. WE HAVE THREE MORE MONTHS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The bad news is Grandpa still has to go through this and make it through two days of hearings.
As always, the good outweighs the bad and that is our focus. .. the good and wonderful everywhere.
To our American friends Happy Independence Day. Go forth and celebrate the freedoms that were fought for and what we still proudly hold dear. Also BE SAFE... I expect to see you all here tomorrow.
To all of our non American Friends.. Have a drink and toast that over 200 years ago men, women and children fought for a dream and won!
I would like to address something that has been frequently asked. "Why didn't we just give Jan and Dean all of the money they asked for?" It is because they had some demands in their offer that were not monetary. They asked a couple things Grandpa would never agree to involving a restriction on what he could talk about and visitation with his son.
This is why we made the counter offer we did. Please know Grandpa and I are trying to make the best decisions we can. I take the trust you have put in me for spending the money appropriately very seriously.
I will continue to be transparent in our thoughts and actions. I will keep everyone updated as everything progresses and as we make decisions.
I also do not know if the person posting as Dean Cottrill is actually Dean, but I am leaving these posts to for everyone to see. I believe you have the right to hear and see both sides. I will not address anything posted by Dean because I feel it will lead to a he said/she said argument and I do not feel this is the correct time or place. We have stated our side of this tragic story and leave you to make your own decisions.
I will address what Mary Smith posted Grandpa not having heat is a mis-statement. The heat pump was broken this winter, we have been having issues with it. Grandpa has a back up furnace that works very well. He keeps the house at a roasting 75 in winter. I would never allow Grandpa to be in a house without heat or one that is falling down around him. The house does need some updating with the roof and other known issues. I was hoping to use the extra money raised to do some updates to the house to Grandpa more safe and comfortable and the house more handicap friendly.
I just wanted to remind everyone Grandpa no longer has a hearing tomorrow. Please do not come to the courthouse. Grandpa will be sitting happily in his home watching TV!
I will let everyone know the date of the eviction jury hearing as soon as I know it!
Thank you all for your love and support. Grandpa had a few cards in the mail yesterday and enjoyed reading them all. He feels so loved by each and everyone of you and is so proud to call all of you his Internet Grandkids!
The judge has granted our request for Eviction by Jury Trial!!!!! So, the hearing will not take place on Wdnesday! On Wednesday we will only be setting the date for the jury trial and dealing with other legal motions.
So, please do not come on Wednesday! I will let everyone know when the new date is to come and show a JURY we stand with Grandpa!
There have been many people asking me to reopen the donations to this page. While I love the love, thought and support, I do not feel right in doing so. We have surpassed our goal. This was not about getting an unlimited about of money, but enough to help Grandpa. Please take the donation you were going to donate to another one of the amazing fundraisers on this site. Grandpa and I want others to know the joy and hope we felt from every donation we received.
However, Grandpa still loves getting cards of love and support. You can mail one to him at PO Box 558
McArthur Ohio 45651.
Also everyone is welcome to come to the eviction hearing on Wednesday June 26th at 1pm at the Vinton County Courthouse in McArthur Ohio. Please come and stand with Grandpa and let him see and feel your love and support on what will be one of his darkest days.
Janice and Dean have refused our offer to buy the house. Grandpa's eviction hearing will proceed on June 26 at 1pm at the Vinton County Court House in McArthur Ohio. I will post more information regarding the details later today.
I am sorry I haven't been able to update for a while.
A couple exciting things have happened.
First, we have had another delay in the eviction court date. Due to a conflict in with another case, Jan and Dean's lawyer asked for a continuance. Grandpa's eviction hearing is now set for June 26 at 1pm at the Vinton County Courthouse.
Second, we have received the market appraisal. We will be making our offer to buy the house on Monday! I hope and pray Jan and Dean find it in their hearts and do the right thing and sell Grandpa back his house for the fair market price.
Lastly, Grandpa received his flag that was flown above the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in his honor on his birthday.
Thank you all for your love and support. As soon as I hear if they accept or decline our offer for the house I will post an update. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers next week!
We appreciate all of the love and support we have received from each and every one of you. It has filled our hearts and given such a lift to our spirits. You have no idea what it has meant to us. We felt so alone for so long and we are no longer alone.
We have gone above and beyond our goal and it is a wonderful thing. Please read Grandpa's story and let it touch your heart. However, please take the money you would donate to us and find another person on this site who needs it.
We have enough money to save his house. We have enough money to do what we need and to take care of Grandpa. We have been blessed and to keep taking would turn into greed.
If you came here to donate, the best way to love Grandpa is to let another person feel our joy. Every single donation was felt, treasured and loved. Please let someone else feel it. You have no idea how much a single $5 donation makes someone feel loved and brings a light to such desperate darkness. It turns tears of fear, sadness and frustration into tears of joy.
I will continue to keep you updated about our progress on getting Grandpa's home back. Right now we are in the waiting stage. We are waiting on the appraisal. We will wait more after we make the offer on the response from my mother and step-father. I pray the support they have seen from all of you will touch their hearts to do the right thing.
We have met our goal and it is so exciting. We are in awe of all of the love and support. We are still so speechless. Grandpa is amazed at all of the love and support. He told me "I never knew people could love an old man so much."
As the donations keep coming, please know any money we have raised above the cost of the house will go to anything Grandpa may need for the house or what is needed to take care of him in his home.
All of the comments are amazing! I (Jaclyn) am personally overwhelmed by the compliments. I am just doing what I feel we all should do when something happens to someone we love... Fight for them.
I also can't take 100% of the credit. I want to take a second and drag into the spotlight someone who deserves to be standing with Grandpa and I. This person is Linda Webb.
Linda has spent her life around Grandpa and has been a second daughter to my Grandparents. When Janice tried to force him into a nursing home over two and a half years ago, Linda closed up her home and moved in with him to help
him and still lives with him today. Together Linda and I take care of him. She deserves as much credit as I do. She is a rare person so caring, giving, selfless and amazing. Grandpa and I could NOT do it without her.
I also want to thank our attorney Timothy Gleeson and his wife Nancy. They have fought with us since this all started and have gone above and beyond what any other attorney would do. Tim has worked endlessly to help us. He is so dedicated to this fight. He has spent so much time searching for ways to help Grandpa and helping me get though this ordeal on the hardest days.
I just wanted to take a second and recognize some of Team Grandpa who hide in the shadows and avoid the spotlight. They deserve as much of the credit as I do!
We are so thankful for all of your donations, love and support. When all of this started we were feeling so alone in this fight, but not anymore. Everyone who has donated or even just commented has lifted us up and shown us love that has brought Grandpa and I to tears more than once.
A few people have asked to mail in a donation instead of using a credit card on line. You can mail donations to
PO Box 558
McArthur Ohio 45651
Thank you all again for everything. Together we will fight for Grandpa and succeed!
I will be talking on Vet On Online Radio program on Wednesday at Noon (EST) sharing grandpa's story and thanking the veterans community for their continued help and overwhelming response.
GoFundMe will be featuring Grandpa this week in their weekly news letter!
People have asked for ways to donate other than through this site.
You can always send a donation by mail to
PO Box 558
McArthur Ohio 45651
We are still far from our goal of buying back Grandpa's home and stopping his eviction. Please help by donating and continuing to spread Grandpa's story far and wide. Together we can meet this goal and help Grandpa spend the last part of his life living as he chooses, in the home he loves so dear!
Happy Saturday! Yesterday was an AMAZING day. Grandpa and I were moved beyond words and tears. I have been trying to send everyone a personal thank you note from us, but GoFundMe only allows me to see the last 500 donors. Please know I am working with Go Fund Me to find a way to send each one of you our thanks personally.
If you have not received a thank you note! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You will never know the depth of our gratitude. There are two people, who many donors request I recognize. I wish I could grab, hug and bake an apple pie for Leah Remini and Patton Oswalt, who took to Facebook and Twitter for us to spread Grandpa's story and urged everyone to donate.
First, I want to thank all of you who have come to this page and are considering for a moment donating to my wonderful and amazing Grandfather. We are overwhelmed by all of the support and number of people sharing his story. We have even had national media coverage.
I love reading Grandpa all of the positive supportive comments. However, I would like to address some of the negative comments. I know people are outraged at my mother's behavior. I do not agree with her actions. I do not have a relationship with her, nor will I in the future, because of it. However, there is still a person behind all of the name calling. She is wrong. She is doing something very wrong and for a very wrong reason, but she is still my mother and his daughter. Please know I am driven out of my love for my Grandfather. I am not doing this to get revenge or out of hatred. I am doing it because I love my Grandfather and I want the best for him, for as long as I am blessed with him.
There are some comments that are hurtful to me personally; those I can deal with. I understand that, because of what our society has become, people instantly think everything scam. People instantly question my intentions. I can swear up and down until, I am blue in the face, that my intentions are pure, but there will still be those who think otherwise. I cannot change that, but I would like to point out to everyone that Grandpa and I are a team. We have the support of our family, including Sean, my brother (Janice's other child), and Tracy, my step sister (Dean's daughter), and my grandfather's extended family. We are from a very very rural small town and we have the support of our community. All of these people know everyone personally, and all the "in's and out's" of this sad situation, and they support Grandpa and I 120%.
The part that breaks my heart and almost has made me take down this site are the comments made about my amazing Grandfather. I know people are going to speculate about why my mother wants to do this to her father. There are hurtful people who have implied he abused his children, physically or sexually, or neglected my uncle's care, or that he is not in his right mind. These things are NOT TRUE. He would never in his life hurt a child or my uncle in anyway. I want to cry every time I see someone posting otherwise. My Grandfather is not senile or stricken with dementia. He is capable of staying in his own home. I have many doctors, home health nurses and family members who will attest to this. I hope the videos I post of him in his Facebook help prove this.
My grandfather is one of the kindest people I have ever known. He helped raise me to be the person I am today; the person who takes care of her family no matter the circumstances. He loves his son and even his daughter despite what she has done.
Please donate and help our cause. Help me give him the last few years that he deserves full of peace surrounded by memories and not worried about the roof over his head.
Today a small miracle... somehow there was an error made on the Judge's court calendar and he missed the eviction hearing! The eviction hearing has been rescheduled for June 12th. However, if we are able to meet our goal this new eviction hearing will be irrelevant! Please please please donate.
My grandfather is an amazing man, who deserves to stay in his home, not to be evicted by his daughter.
Good Morning Everyone! Today is a hard day. This afternoon 130pm we will have the actual eviction hearing. At the hearing, we will learn how much time grandpa has left in his home. Please pray for him.
Also Please Please Please donate. When I started this my thoughts were if 125,000 people gave $1 we could accomplish this goal or if 6,250 donates $20. We love the large donations too, but I am just hoping if everyone gives even the smallest amount, we will reach our goal.
Thank you all so very much, your donations and words of encouragement have meant so much to Grandpa.
ZALESKI, Ohio - A 91-year-old decorated World War II combat veteran is about to be evicted from a home he and his wife built and lived in for the last 54 years.
The elderly man's lawyer said John Potter's daughter and son-in-law used a power of attorney to sign Potter's home into their name, and a court ruled in their favor.
Fifty four years ago, John and Evelyn Potter built a Vinton County home together in the small village of Zaleski.
Potter said he has lived in the village all his 91 years, except for the years he served his country including a fierce battle against the Japanese on Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Now, after almost a century of struggling to make a life in Ohio, he said he is about to be forced out of his home.
"I laid awake at night trying to figure out what in the world I could have done to these people to make them so angry at me," said Potter.
He said the people he is referring to are his daughter and son-in-law, who he thought were looking out for him.
"In 2004, she signed his house, deeded his house to herself by power-of-attorney which in the state of Ohio is illegal," said Potter's granddaughter Jaclyn Fraley.
She took over as Potter's power of attorney in 2010 after she and her grandfather became aware of the deed transfer.
Shortly after the discovery, Fraley and her grandfather petitioned a Vinton County Court to get his home back. That court ruled in his favor, but his daughter appealed that ruling and the appeals court ruled that she legally owned the home.
"Sadly once the property was granted back to them by the court of appeals, based on the statute of limitations having passed, we are left with no options," Fraley said.
NBC4: "Where would you like to live for the rest of your life?
Potter: "Right in this house!"
Recently Fraley said they got more bad news in the form of a termination of lease or eviction notice.
A Vinton County judge could rule on the eviction and how much time Potter will be allowed to remain in the home during a hearing on April 22.
NBC4 asked Potter's son-in-law and daughter about evicting her father.
"Actually, I can tell you an awful lot, simply because I'm the one who is doing it," said Dean Cottrill.
Janice Cottrill is married to Dean, and is Potter's daughter. They claim the family feud is over visitation rights for Potter's other child, who has Autism.
"For him to stay in that home, it is real simple. Leave Joe alone and stop the lawsuits," said Dean.
He said his wife Janice is upset over the feud and cries many nights.
"I would hope my mother would be a caring compassionate person and even though there is family difficulties she would still care and respect her father enough to let him spend his final days in his home," said Fraley.
She said she and other family members are upset because the courts did not protect her grandfather's rights.
"We are actually working to start drafting letters to our representatives in the legislature to create laws to protect against situations like this happening to anyone else," Fraley said.
I would like to address the different opinions that are occurring. I could just delete them, but I believe in full disclosure. I do not want anyone who is donating to think that we would ever hide anything or paint only a perfect picture.
I can say that all the facts we have laid out are factual and can be proven. They are also shown in multiple court documents. I am willing to supply anyone with any and all documentation they wish to see from our side of the case. I will show every court document, letter, and my own personal bank statement.
My mother is evicting him. This is a fact. She has never offered a settlement that was in my grandfather's best interest. She only offered ones contingent on him not pursuing seeing his disabled 63 year old son, paying her more money and giving her everything he has.
This has been an ongoing family battle. I can say that almost every single family member who has been involved is in support of Grandfather and myself. There are few and far between in support of my mother and they are ones who have never sought our side of the story or seen our facts. They have only listed to Janice's.
I can state I am NOT after my grandfather's money. This money will be used for him and him alone. It will be placed in a separate checking account and I will provide anyone at anytime records of what the money was used for.
I have never personally met Margaret Winters. I was not sure of how she was exactly related to me until last night. She has never called myself, grandpa or our attorney to get the "other side" of the story.
It comes down to what my mother is doing is reprehensible. It is a horrible thing to do to any elderly person for any reason, at anytime. This is why I am asking for your help.
I will answer any and all questions asked of me openly and honestly. Please continue to support us.
People have asked if this is a scam. We have decided to post the actual eviction notice we received. We were initially scheduled for a court date in February, but were allowed a continuance until April. Our court date is April 22, 2013 at 130pm in the Vinton County Court house in McArthur Ohio. Please feel free to come and show your support in person to Grandpa.
91-year-old WWII Vet told to "Hit the Road, Jack!"
John "Jack" Potter, age 91, is being evicted from the Zaleski, Ohio home he built and lived in for 56 years. John is WWII vet having served in active combat in The Aleutian Islands campaign. In addition to his service to his country, he is also a former Sheriff of Vinton County, Mayor of Zaleski, Ohio, a retired chief train dispatcher from the B&O railroad, and a 65 year Master Freemason.
On Sunday, February 3, after a visit with his 64-year-old son, who has been severely disabled since birth with Austism, John was served eviction papers by the home's owner, Janice Cottrill. Janice is the only daughter of John Potter.
In 2004 John's daughter Janice used her power of attorney to transfer his house into her name, as a gift to herself. The rest of the family discovered the transfer in 2010, after Janice tried to wrongfully have John declared legally incompetent and force him into a nursing home against his will. After his family had the wrongful guardianship removed, John, being legally competent, filed a motion to reverse the transfer, since legally a power of attorney is not allowed to "self-deal" or give gifts to themselves from the person or estate in which they have power of attorney. While the Vinton County Common Pleas Court ruled in John's favor, a subsequent ruling from the Fourth Appellate District Court, reversed the ruling in John's favor stating, the statue of limitations for reversing the transfer was 4-years and had expired. The decision was awarded in the Cottrill's favor only by benefit of time, not because it was right.
Janice and Dean Cottrill have voiced their intentions to sell the house that John Potter built and in which he currently resides. January 29, 2013 the Cottrill's filed with the Vinton County Courts to have John evicted and forcibly removed from his home. On April 22, 2013 John will have to appear in Vinton County Court and will be ordered by the court to vacate his home of over half a century. No matter how wrong any judge may feel the eviction to be, the courts are powerless to stop this eviction. It is a sad day in our society, when there are no laws that can protect the rights and home of a 91 year man. John Potter just wants to live what remaining life he has left in the home he built with his wife, in which he raised his family, and has lived for the last 56 years.
The efforts of the family to convince Janice to allow John to live out his life in his home have failed. Janice states she needs the money, so the old man must go.
I am John's granddaughter Jaclyn. I am asking for your help to raise enough money to buy back his home. While the last thing I want to do is pay my mother any money for the pain and anguish she has caused my grandfather, if it will save his home, I will do anything. If 125,000 people read this and 125,000 people donate simply $1, or just 6,250 people donate $20, I will be able to buy him back his home. Anything raised above the cost of the house will go to paying for in home care and anything else he might need. Any donation you can give helps, please help my grandfather enjoy what time he has left in the home he built, which holds his memories of a full and wonderful life.
I am in the Navy and I would just like to say thank you for your service. You deserve that house and every ounce of money that is being donated. I promise to donate more once I get my next paycheck. And I am going to share this page and your story with all of my military friends. Thank you once again.
I know how rough things can be and I hope the you are able to raise the money for your grandpa. Don't give up hope and keep the Lord in your hearts. I know it's not much but I know every little bit adds up. You are in my prayers.
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