Saturday, March 9th, 2013
Jack Douglas Powell, 81, of Rockford, died March 8, 2013, at Fort Wayne Lutheran Hospital.
He was born May 26, 1931, in Mercer County, to Benjamin and Luetta (Curless) Powell. On July 19, 1952, he married Lois Jean Hays, who survives in Rockford.
Also surviving are four sons, Steve Powell, Rockford, Michael (Debra) Powell, Mendon, Keith (Carol) Powell, St. Henry, and Pete Powell, Rockford; two brothers, a twin, Jerry (Betty) Powell, Coldwater, and Bill (Shirley) Powell, Portland, Ind.; two sisters, Hope Stein, Celina, and Joanne (John) Jutte, Celina; grandchildren, Rachel Powell, Van Wert, and David (Emily) Powell, Coldwater; and a great-grandson, Zach Powell, Coldwater.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard Powell, Bobby Powell, Roger Powell and Wright Powell; and four sisters, Mary Jane Wurster, Mabel Ellis, Violet Shirk and Delilah Beams.
He served in the U.S. Army on the front lines of the Korean War. He was a member of the Celina VFW Post 5713 and the Color Guard. As a member of the Mercer United Methodist Church in Mercer, he was on the board of trustees and served as superintendent and Sunday school teacher. He retired from Karch Stone Quarry, Rockford, where he was the manager. He also farmed all of his life.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mercer United Methodist, Mercer, the Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, with burial rites by the Celina VFW.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Ketcham Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and 1 hour prior to the service Monday at the church. VFW services are 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Mercer United Methodist Church, Mercer.
Condolences can be sent to ketchamripley.com.