Ernest O. Powers, Jr., 86, died Sunday, March 2, 2014.
He was born May 22,
1927, in Chandler, Okla., to Ernest Oda Sr. and Nina Pearl (Adkins) Powers,
who preceded him in death.
He was married to
Lena (Barnes) Powers, who in 1988 also preceded him in death.
He is survived by
his son, Gerald (Linda) Powers of Kentucky; his step-son, Dewey (Pamela)
VanFleet of Porter; grandchildren, Daniel Powers, Alyxandra Powers, Beth
VanFleet, Jeff VanFleet, Shannon Powers, Jeff (Whitney) Powers, and Stephen
Powers; great-grandchildren, Owen and Ava Powers and Dylan and Zachary
VanFleet; a sister, Karen (Stanley) Caswell of Kentucky; and his longtime
companion, Anne Pfister.
He was preceded in
death by his son, Charles “Sam” Powers; a sister, Elwanda McIntosh; and
brother-in-law, Ralph McIntosh.
Ernest was a
veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. He worked at
National Steel, Midwest Division, in structural repair and central
maintenance and was a member of the Steelworkers Union. Ernest was also a
member of New Life Wesleyan Church in Chesterton and was active with the
Bonner Senior Center in Portage.
the Pastor Allen Wright, officiating, are scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday,
March 6, at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton.
scheduled from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m.. Burial will
follow at Chesterton Cemetery.
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