Richard J. Powell

January 13, 1937 ~ March 5, 2020 (age 83)


Richard J. Powell,  83, of Kewadin, passed away on March 5, 2020 at the Culver Meadows AFC Home in Traverse City.

   He was born on January 13, 1937, in Kewadin, the son of Irvin and Gladys (Hull) Powell.

   Dick was a wonderful husband, fearless father and influential community member.   He was an avid outdoorsman, especially fishing, hunting, mushrooming, boating, snowmobiling, cutting and splitting wood, and  camping to name a few.  He also enjoyed spending time at his  cabin in Canada and could always be found in his beloved “gravel pit” aka his “happy place” in Kewadin.

   Dick owned and operated W & R Powell Construction for over 50 years.  He was a hard worker and was one of those that enjoyed it as well.

   He was a very generous man who will be missed by his many friends and extended family.

   On April 16, 1955, in Grand Rapids, MI, he married Kay M. Lewis who survives.  Also surviving are 4 daughters, Shari (Don) Redman, Sandy (Jeff) Nagy, Laurie (Bob) Bomer and Susie (Mike) Garrod all of Kewadin.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog “Buster”.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

   There are no services planned at this time.  There will be a Celebration of Life service at his gravel pit in Kewadin at a later date when the weather permits.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the AMVETS Post 114, P.O. Box 144, Elk Rapids, MI,  49629 or to the Kewadin United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 277, Kewadin, MI,  49648.

   Arrangements are being handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.

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