LeRoy G. Powells

Jan 16, 2018
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12 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2017 at Payne A.M.E. Church, 1044 Mobile St., Waterloo


2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21, 2017 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, 3146 Kimball Ave. in Waterloo and from 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Monday at the church


Fairview Cemetery in Waterloo with full military honors


May be directed to the family at 712 Mobile Street in Waterloo where they will be receiving friends


LeRoy G. Powells, age 86, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at UnityPoint Allen Hospital. 

He was born January 25, 1931 in Waterloo, the son of John Gibson and Adeline (Moore) Powells. LeRoy was a graduate of Waterloo West High School and he attended Gates Business College and Iowa State Teacher’s College. He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict in Germany.   

LeRoy was united in marriage with Rosie Lee Green on June 10, 1951 at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. They were later divorced. He married Ida P. Dixon in 1962 at St. Paul, MN.  They were later divorced.

LeRoy worked as an accountant in Minnesota and then was employed at Rath Packing Co. for many years. He was a member of Payne AME Church where he served as an usher and sang in the men’s chorus. LeRoy also was a Boy Scout volunteer. 

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Jennings of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren, Chandary Banks, Denise Smith, Natasha Haney and Philip Jennings; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice Reynolds of Waterloo; a brother, Cleve (Betty) Nolan, Jr. of Milwaukee, WI; six nieces; eight nephews; 51 great nieces and nephews; 38 great-great nieces and nephews; 11 great-great-great nieces and nephews; special friends, Rosie Kimbrough and her children of Waterloo; Floyd Rubendall of Honolulu, HI; his VA nurse Rhonda Peradi; his senior companion, Loretta Powers and many members of the Waterloo Police and Fire Departments. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harry Robinson, Jr.; four sisters, Gladys Thomas, Cathleen Culp, Jaquline Roberts and Ruth Nolan Brown; two nephews, Stacy Robinson and ShonDell Nolan and two nieces, Kim Farr and Vorotta Johnson.

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  1. Charlotte Gafeney | Jan 21, 2018

    CONDOLENCE     1 Thess. 5:23 - And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.   

    To the family of LeRoy G. Powells:  

    We, the Family of Gift of Life Church want to assure you that you will be in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. We know the same God who has helped you with past trials, will be ever present during this one as well. May you find assurance in His word, strength in His presence and comfort in His love.  We will be praying for you, and trusting that God will be your portion and help, as well as comfort your entire family.  

    Yours in Christ,

    Bishop Brian E. Hill and the Gift of Life Family

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