MANSFIELD: Family first! This is the best way to describe how Russ functioned. Doing anything for his family, he would do all the small things, not wanting recognition, with a smile on his face. He will be remembered as a true supporter who loved others.
Russell Harold “Russ” Powell Sr. went to be with the Lord Thursday morning, February 2, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital. He was 74.
He was born April 12, 1942 in Mountain City, Tennessee to parents James & Hazel (Icenhour) Powell. He graduated from Ashland High School with the class of 1961.
A beautiful young lady named DeLee Baker caught his eye and the pair soon married on November 24, 1977.
Russ worked at F.E. Myers as the Assistant Manager of Engineering for over 20 years. He also worked at Bakers Body and Welding Supply and Park Avenue Color & Equipment before taking a position at Sherwin Williams Automotive where he retired as a Manager after 22 years.
In younger years Russ enjoyed racing boats, camping, water skiing, bowling (including captaining a bowling team) and trapshooting. A self proclaimed historian he especially enjoyed studying WWII and Ohio history. He also enjoyed going for rides on his motorcycle and anything having to do with transportation (aviation, trains and trolleys).
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years DeLee Powell of Mansfield; children Kim Powell of Ashland, Charles (Jeni) Powell of Mansfield and Chris (Allyson) of Mansfield; grandchildren Dustin, Jamie, Donnie, Dalton, John, Gage, Dane, Ellie and Addyson; 4 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Powell and son Russell H. Powell Jr.
His family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in the Finefrock chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, where the funeral service honoring Russ’ life will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Biddle will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Olivesburg.
Contributions in his memory to Mansfield Memorial Museum may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Russ’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them -or to watch his tribute video- at SnyderFuneralHomes.com