Marion-Thomas “Leo” Powell, 86, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Anna.
Leo was born on June 1, 1933 in Creal Springs to Vernie and Recil (Buckner) Powell. He married Shirley Bearden on February 10, 1956 in Marion. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2013.
Leo served in the U.S. Army. He was a UMWA coal miner and attended the First Church of God in Marion. Leo loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Son- Jim Powell and wife Deanna of Marion
Son- David Powell and wife LaNarda of Marion
Daughter- Gina Leamen and husband Tracey of Marion
Shawn Powell and wife Jen
Sarah Harriss and husband Matt
Lauren Oestmann and husband Garrett
Jackie Martin and husband Jeremy
Zach “Alex” Staszak
Nine Great Grandchildren- Jalyn, Gavon, Kaela, Cameron, Kaelyn, Hayden, Kamden, Blake and Piper
Special niece- Kathy Price
Special niece- Debbi Wierman
Special niece- Kendra Chamness
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Junior, Melvin and Harlan Powell and sister, Margaret Rushing.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor Roy Pepmiller officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. Military Rites will be performed by the Marion VFW with assistance from the National Guard. Visitation will be from 5-8:00 PM, Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the funeral home.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at the funeral home. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.bluefuneralhome.com.