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William David Powell
Sergeant, United States Army
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From a contemporary press report:

William David Powell, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died at his home on August 18, 1998. He was born in Selma, Alabama on March 22, 1924, the third child of Emmett A. and Mary Katherine Williams Powell.

A World War II veteran, he was with the 117th Cavalry Reconnaissance, 2nd Armored Division and Special Services with the Fourth Ranger Battalion. Bill wore paratrooper wings and saw action in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France. He was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart with clusters. He met his future bride, U.S. Army Corporal Gloria Blanche Puezylowski, while recuperating from wounds in the hospital in Casablanca, North Africa. He married Gloria on July 14, 1945 and celebrated 53 wonderful years of matrimony.

Bill converted to the Roman Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree.

He was employed by Ladish Drop Forge, in Wisconsin for ten years following World War II. After which he entered the U.S. Civil Service. Initially working for the FAA for two years, then with the Weather Bureau for 26 years. He worked out of the Kansas City, Honolulu, and Salt Lake City offices.

He was happiest when surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; five children, Stephen William (Anita Briggs) Powell; Mary Margaret Powell-Patton (Glenn Patton); Linda Marie (Dennis) DeGraw; Cynthia Ann (James) Chambers; Barbara Jean (Carey) Wallin; grandchildren, Ryan, Matthew, Mark, Mary, Sarah, Derek, Jennifer, Heather, Jacob, David, Ilsa, Craig, Glenda and James. Also surviving is one sister, Lona MacNeil of Pine Apple, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his grandson Eric DeGraw; and three brothers, James, Clyde and Johnny.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 21, 1998 at 9 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 210 So. Chapel Street, Layton. Family and friends may call Thursday at 7 p.m. with Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at the Lindquist Layton Mortuary, 1867 North Fairfield Rd. Interment, Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to his grandson Eric DeGraw Scholarship Memorial Fund, St. Mary's Community Foundation, c/o St. Mary's School, 816 Black Oak Drive, Medford, OR. 97504.


Posted: July 20, 2000 Updated: 29 October 2000 Updated: 14 October 2001 Updated: 11 June 2003  Updated: 11 September 2005
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