Royce Andrew Powell, 94, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, at Columbia Basin Care Facility in The Dalles, Ore. Royce was born March 30, 1920, in New Castle, Pa., to Charles and Viola (Weatherby) Powell.
A celebration of life with military honors is planned for noon Tuesday, July 15, at Anderson’s Tribute Center reception room, 1401 Belmont Ave. in Hood River. Private inurnment will be held at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore.
Royce grew up in Pennsylvania and in his youth he took flight training, led trail rides at the Bonnieview Riding Academy and played sandlot baseball. He enlisted in the Army in fall 1941.
In his career life Royce worked in sales of trees, hearing aids, greeting cards, insurance, copperware and candy, but to support his family he was an in-store butcher and was a member of the meat cutters union.
He married Naomi Kimmell on March 23, 1946, at the Knox Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, Pa.
Royce enjoyed creating scroll and saw art, wood carving, jogging and horseback riding, and had a special interest in baseball. He worked to support his family and was beholden to no one. Those who knew him will remember his sense of humor, his compassion for animals and the love he had for his wife.
Royce is survived and will be dearly missed by his daughters, Paula Slevin and her husband, Michael, of Beaver, Pa., and Janna Ferguson, of Lyle, Wash.; granddaughter Katie Pierce and her husband, David; and great-grandsons Dahmon McCoy, Alec McCoy and Andrew Pierce, all of Concord, N.C.
He was met on the other side by his wife, Naomi, his son-in-law Terry Ferguson, son William, and sisters Jeanette Gallager and Glenola Buquo.
Memorials are encouraged to be made in Royce’s name to Alzheimer’s research.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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