Robert Joseph Powers

December 8, 1939 ~
April 2, 2021

Robert Joseph Powers, age 81, of Grand Rapids, passed into eternity on Friday, April 2, 2021. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Carol; sisters, Shirley and John Slusser, Charlene and Floyd Billard; brother-in-law, Jerry Gabrion and sister-in-law, Kay Powers. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Lisa and David Wilbur, Sharon and Jon Meerman, Janet and John Jepsen, Linda and Jim Rossiter; 16 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Margaret Gabrion, Charles Powers, Sandy and John Fleckenstein; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Bob’s moral character, coupled with his deep intellect and business relationships, was evident in his success as a salesman, engineer, entrepreneur and business owner of Quality Air. He attended St. Augustine School in Kalamazoo and received Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees from WMU. A humble man of deep faith, Bob’s generosity was most often secretly shared with those in need. Although Bob held strong religious and political opinions, he was always gentle and respectful in sharing these with others. Bob enjoyed relaxing with family and friends at the cottage on Lake Charlevoix, at holiday celebrations, and in Florida. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am Wednesday, April 7 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 151 Garfield SW, Grand Rapids with celebrant Rev. Robert Sirico and Fr. John Fleckenstein (nephew), concelebrant. Burial St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Caledonia. Relatives and friends may meet the family at church on Tuesday from 6-8 pm and also on Wednesday from 10-11 am prior to mass. A Rosary will be held on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the church. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Augustine Institute or a Catholic School of choice or Pregnancy Resource Center.

Tuesday, April 6
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sacred Heart of Jesus
151 Garfield SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Wednesday, April 7
10:00am - 11:00am

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
151 Garfield SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Wednesday, April 7

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
151 Garfield SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49505

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April 12, 2021 1:17pm
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bob. Hoping you’ll find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss. Words are never sufficient at this time, but we want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Dick and Linda Antonini

April 07, 2021 6:43am
Our condolences to Bob's family and friends. A man of deep faith, humility, and love for our Lord. He touched many people in his life. 'Well done, good and faithful servant' Matthew 25:23

- Don and Susan Juzwiak

April 05, 2021 2:45pm
With our deepest sympathy to the entire family for your loss. Bob was a wonderful friend and man who will always be remembered. The memories of Bob will find comfort and peace to all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

- Margie and Michael Pintek

April 03, 2021 8:41pm
Bob was loved and admired by many. He was wise, devoted while at the same time always humble. Heaven is better place with him there! My deepest condolences to his beautiful and loving family

- Pat LeBlanc

April 03, 2021 7:58pm
Our sincere condolences go out to Bob’s family who will be in our thoughts as they go through this sad time. Bob was a gifted human being who showed much love toward his family and friends. He will be truly missed by all what knew him. RIP, Bob.

- Mike and Marcia Thompson

April 03, 2021 4:33pm
May God grant you Eternal Rest.

- Fr. John Fleckenstein

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