Death of Frederick Norman Pottle

   Life Stories | Posted on October 6, 2022

Frederick Norman Pottle was born on Dec. 16, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, to Fred and Christine (White) Pottle. He passed away on Sept. 28, 2022, in St. Joseph, Michigan.

A graveside service was held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Berrien Springs on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Messages and memories may be shared online at

Norman grew up in Detroit and went to Andrews University to study in 1954, where he met Beverly Campbell. They were married in 1958. He received Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, in 1960.

They moved to Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to work in the Treasury at the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Soon after, they had two children named Ted and Kim. In 1966, they sailed to Kenya, East Africa, as missionaries. Eleven years later, they transferred to Lebanon, and then Cyprus, working as treasurer or auditor.

The family returned to the U.S. in 1980, where Norman audited in the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan as a CPA with the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists until retiring in 2004. He also audited in Brazil, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt and Iran.

Norman was a member of Pioneer Memorial Church where he served for many years as an associate head deacon. He volunteered at various places in the community. His hobbies included genealogy, gardening, amateur radio, and birding. Together, he and his family traveled the world. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania twice and Mt. Kenya. He and Beverly also drove to Alaska and the NW Territories after retirement.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Beverly (married 62 years), brother Stuart, son Ted, daughter Kimberly, and grandchildren Stephanie, Stephen and Ashley.

His friends and family will always remember him for his humor and his love of trains, bagpipes and ice cream.

Memorials may be given in his memory to the Olmalaika Trust, an organization founded by Kim located near the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Mail checks to 8712 N Ridge Avenue, Berrien Springs MI 49103.