2017-11-09 / Obituaries

James Robert Powell

James Robert Powell, 84, Houghton Lake Heights, died Nov. 1, 2017, at his home, with his family by his side.

A graveside service will be held Fri­day, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. at Roscommon Township Cemetery, Houghton Lake. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements.

He was born April 5, 1933, in Lan­sing, to Arvin and Agnes (Price) Powell. He grew up in Lansing where he gradu­ated from Lansing Eastern High School.

He served as an A/2C in the Air Force during the Korean War. He worked as a test driver for General Motors for many years. He moved from Lansing to Houghton Lake in 1981.

He and Phyllis J. Emery were united in marriage Oct. 15, 1966, at Hough­ton Lake. He was a gold member of the Houghton Lake Eagles and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Preceding him in death were his par­ents; wife, Phyllis J. Powell; brother and sister-in-law, Richard J. (Joanne) Powell Sr.; brother, Bobby Powell; and sisters, Arlene Hadley and Thelma Freeman.

Surviving Mr. Powell are his two daughters, Carla Foltyn of DeWitt and Robin Powell of Lansing; two sons, Steve (Yvonne) DeJaegher of St. Johns and David DeJaegher of Lansing; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Carol (Bob) Haeck of Charlotte; brother-in-law, Bob Freeman of Wol­verine; several nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews, including Rick Powell and Rhonda Chapman who where always providing him with help.

Memorial contributions may be di­rected to Intellicare Hospice, 441 South Main St., Standish.

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