Raymond J. Powell, 97, a long time Mexico resident, died at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Missouri Veteran’s Home. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Pickering Funeral Home with Rev. Don Deeker officiating. Visitation was held from noon until time of service. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Vandalia Cemetery.
Raymond was born February 4, 1917, in Mineola, Mo., a son of Thomas Jefferson and Rosa Viola (Winter) Powell.
On November 12, 1971, in Mexico, he married Vera V. Kristofferson Franke, who preceded him in death on January 5, 2004. Mr. Powell was a veteran of the US Army serving in World War II. He was a life member of the VFW Post No. 3772 in Mexico and also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He worked many years for A.P. Green Refractories and he retired in 1981. He was a Methodist. Raymond enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Mexico Senior Center. He loved to travel. He traveled extensively with his wife and spent many winters in Arizona.
Survivors include special friend, Margaret Kelsay; one stepson Louis Franke and wife Bette, of Sun City, Ariz; a step-daughter Norma Jean Ohnemus, of Cypress, Cal.; one brother Ernest Powell and wife Mary, of Wellsville; one brother-in-law Jack Brotmarkle, of Columbia; two sisters Mildred Ellis and husband Kermit, of New Florence, and Dorothy King, of San Diego, Cal.; one sister-in-law Georgia Powell, of Montgomery City; and numerous nieces and nephews and step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters, five brothers, one step-son, and one step-daughter. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mexico Senior Center or Missouri Veterans Home Activities Fund. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, Mo. 65265.
Expressions of sympathy may be given at pickeringfh.com.