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Kenneth D. Powers
April 25, 1921 - July 7, 2010

Kenneth Dale Powers was born on April 25, 1921 in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Arnold Dale and Lillius Rose (Cocum) Powers. He grew up during the depression, learning to go with out. He left school when he turned eighteen to join the U. S. Army, where he lost his good friend in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After his Honorable Discharge Kenny came back home to Oelwein and met Shirley Swarts and later on March 21, 1948 they were united in marriage. They had two sons, Donald and Jim. He started out working for the Chicago Great Western as a fireman and later as an engineer. Kenny also went to Barber school and barbered and worked for the railroad at the same time. After he retired they bought a house in Cedar Creek Lake and spent half their time there and the other half in Oelwein. Kenny enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was in World War II, raised two sons, had two homes and lived thru the Great Depression.

 He is survived by his son Jim Powers of Seattle, Washington; four grandchildren, Zachary, Nicholas, Candace and Courtney; Two great grandchildren, River Powers and Madeline Moore, a Daughter-in-law, Jeanne Powers of Red Oak, Texas and two sisters, Dorothy Torson of Oelwein and Juanita Floden of Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (October 15, 2008); a son, Donald (1989);  a granddaughter, Amy Powers, a brother Donald James in WWII and his parents.


VISITATION:  Monday, July 12, 2010 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein, Iowa.


SERVICES:  Private Graveside Services


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Lori Peterman Powelson on July 28, 2010 at 10:15 AM said:

Sorry to hear about your Dad he was sweet and funny.He like to pick on me and give me a hard time every time I went up to clean for your Mom. They are together now playing skipo.May God bless and keep you safe.I lost my Dad June 1st. 2010 so I know how hard it is. I too have to take care of my Dads affair's. Remember one day at a time. See you at our next class reuion.If not before if you need any help just call.I'm in the book or ask Beth.
Colleen Roling Brownworth & Marge Roling on July 14, 2010 at 1:43 AM said:

Jim - I am so sorry to hear that you lost your Dad. Mary Thiele Fobian sent the obituary to me from the paper and I saw that both Don and your Mom have passed away also. I have lost my Dad and brother and know that it is going to be hard when I loose my Mom too. So my thoughts are with you. Would love to hear from you again. I am on facebook and so are many, many classmates, so when you have time you should re-connect. I would love that. Take care. Colleen
Sheryl Gosse/Oelwein/classmate on July 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM said:

Jim: So sorry for your loss, prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time and years to come. Your classmates are all thinking of you and please keep in touch. Many still live in Oelwein and would like to hear from you as time permits. Treasure the memories and be there always for your family and keep in touch w/friends.
Becky Wilson on July 9, 2010 at 5:01 PM said:

Kenny was my uncle. He and Shirley were very special to me. I am sad that they are now both gone. I have many memories of our family get-togethers and the many conversations we had together. They will always be in my thoughts and a special place in my heart. They are together now and hitting that big casino in the sky!!

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