Butler County Times Gazette
  • Obituary: Rodney C. Powers

  • Rodney C. Powers, 91, Augusta, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.
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  • Rodney C. Powers, 91, Augusta, passed away, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.
    Viewing will be 1-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and visitation with family greeting friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, all at Dunsford Funeral Home, Augusta. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Augusta.
    Rodney was born Sept. 12, 1921, to Lee and Pearl (Shuey) Powers in Tipton Ford, Mo. He graduated from Augusta High School in 1939, and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He married Wanda Fern Mercer on Oct. 17, 1945, in Augusta and they celebrated 55 years of a loving marriage. She preceded him in death in 2000.
    Rodney co-owned and operated Mercer and Powers Grocery in Augusta with his brother-in-law John Mercer until 1950. He then became an area foreman for Skelly Oil for 20 years and later a maintenance supervisor for Fluor Construction. He traveled the world enjoying Indonesia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Puerto Rico and Alaska. Rodney was also an avid dirt track racing fan. He married Marjorie Miller in 2003 and she preceded him in death on January 12, 2013.
    He was also preceded in death by his parents; brother, Howard "Bub" Powers, and a sister Leona "Wooe" Dill.
    Survivors include: son and wife, Lynn and Vicki Powers of Wichita; three grandchildren, Brian (Mylisa) Powers, Stefanie Hicks and Jeree (Chris) Farber all of Wichita; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jewell Mahannah and Evelyn Willing, both of Augusta.
    A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice in care of the funeral home.

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