Kenneth Edward "Dick" Powell, 80, of Nixa, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at 5:30 a.m., at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., after surgery, due to complications with pneumonia.
Kenneth was born on May 10, 1929, to Cora Mae (Hatfield) Powell and Jessie Emory Powell in Collins, Mo. He attended elementary and high school in Collins, Mo. Kenneth enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a gunners-mate during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he became employed as an electrician. Kenneth was a member of the local 124th Union of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Kansas City, Mo. He retired in 1993. Kenneth was a longtime member of the Elks club in Nevada, Mo. He and his family attended All Saints Episcopal church in Nevada, Mo., and he later attended St. John's Episcopal church in Springfield, Mo.
Kenneth was united in marriage on April 9, 1951 to Jewell Dean "Judy" (Durnell) Powell, who preceded his death on Aug. 12, 2005. To this union three children were born: daughter, Janet Lynn Powell-Massingill, of Nixa, and sons Gregory Kevin Powell and wife Glenda, of Nixa, and Darin Michael Powell and wife Lori, of Belleville, Ill. Kenneth is survived by his three children; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Raymond Powell and wife Wanda, of Collins, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Delores Ott and husband Bob of Weaubleau, Mo.; Lenora Ashlock and husband Kenny, of Bolivar, Mo., and Betty Clary, of Urbana, Mo.; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Kenneth was preceeded in death by his parents, a brother, Warren Powell and his wife Bea; and aunt Pauline Johnston and her husband Don, a baby sister Helen, and a baby brother.
Services for Kenneth were held today, at Sheldon Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Miller of St. John's Episcopal Church officiating. Burial, with Military Honors was at Robinson Cemetery in Weaubleau, Mo., under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, Mo.