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Edward J. Powell
Edward J. Powell, 85, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at his home in Mesquite, Nev.
He was born April 29, 1928, in Indianapolis, to August J. Powell and Julie (Ivancic) Powell.
Ed married the girl of his dreams (his “Barbie doll”) Barbara J. Voelker on Aug. 4, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shelbyville.
Ed grew up on the westside of Indianapolis in “Haughville” and attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church and grade school. He graduated from George Washington High School and attended Indiana Business College.
Ed began working for Indiana Bell Telephone in 1947. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. After serving his country, he returned and finished a 36-year career with Indiana Bell.
He was an avid bowler and extremely proud of his 600-plus series in league bowling. (In his teen years he was a pin setter for bowling legend Dick Weber.) In addition to bowling, he enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He retired in 1983 and five years later moved to McAllen, Texas. In 2012 he relocated to Mesquite, Nev., to be closer to family.
Ed was a fourth-degree and life member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3660 in Indianapolis. He belonged to the Slovenian National Home in Indianapolis. He was a member of the American Legion Post 252 in Greenwood and Post 0024 in Mesquite, Nev. He was also a member of the VFW Post 7385 in Mesquite.
A devout Catholic, he belonged to Catholic churches wherever he lived. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mesquite, Nev.
Ed is survived by his spouse of 62 years, Barbara of Mesquite; sons, Joseph (Nancy) of Pass Christian, Miss., and Jeffrey (Janette) and Thomas, both of Mesquite, Nev.; six grandsons, Joe, Steve, Jamie, Chris, Nick and Scott; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Manka of St. Louis; a brother, John (Sandra) of Brownsburg; and a sister-in-law, Norma Powell of Indianapolis.
Ed was preceded in death by two sons, Stephen and David; his parents; two brothers, Gussie and Richard; and a sister, Helen.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 8300 Rahke Road in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from at 9 a.m. until service time Dec. 14 at the church. A private family interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.
There will be a celebration of life at Greenwood American Legion Post 252, 334 U.S. 31 South, following the Mass.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgin Valley Mortuary, 702-346-6060.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory in their guest book at www.virginvalleymortuary.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to: Mesa View Hospice, 330 Falcon Ridge Parkway, Mesquite, NV 89027; Servants of the Cross,
P.O. Box 3054, McAllen, TX 78502-3054; or Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 337 N. Warman Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46222-4094.
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