Dennis W. Powell
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MANSFIELD: Farming is a profession of hope and teaching is a profession of investments. Dennis Powell's patient personality suited him well for both. Like farming, in teaching he did not see the fruits of a day's work, it is invisible and may not return a harvest for some time. Like teaching, in farming he did not fear the commitment of his time and energy to return his investment. Whether with elementary students in his classroom, baby lambs on his farm, or his own two daughters, Dennis used kindness and gentleness to support growth and learning.
A loving and supportive family man, Dennis passed away Sunday evening February 17, 2013 of natural causes on the family farm. He was 60.
Born May 29, 1952 in Columbus, to D. Wayne and Margaret (Curtin) Powell, Dennis moved to Mansfield at a young age. He was graduated from Madison High School in 1970 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Ohio State University and his Masters degree in Education from Ashland University.
For 24 and a half years, he taught in Madison South Elementary School - all but one of those years teaching fifth grade. His gentleness and kindness attracted lots of "helpers" around his classroom. He took seriously his responsibility as a positive male role model for the children. He also advised the chess club and supervised intramural sports.
Dennis was most at home on his farm. Raising livestock or tending to the constant maintenance and repairs of the buildings gave Dennis the opportunity to build and create many carpentry projects. He spent tireless hours on carpentry tasks and 4-H projects (with the girls), but always found time for gardening or baking Christmas cut-out cookies from his mother's recipe.
He loved county fairs for the animals, the tractors, the food and even the freebies. And at the Farm Science Review he became an expert at collecting much more than just hats and flashlights.
Though hardworking, Dennis had a humorous side, quick to tease and arouse a smile. He enjoyed classic cars, long Sunday afternoon drives and walks through the woods.
His deep quiet faith was a root, and his faithfulness to Christ was his fruit. He was a member of Diamond Hills Baptist Church, where he served several terms as trustee, and earned the lofty title of "Assistant to the Facility Custodian." He mowed the church lawns for years and often quipped he "mowed Woodville Road from one end to the other."
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 37 years Cindy (Edgerton) Powell; their daughters Kimberly (Heath) Hershner of Bellville and Leslie Powell (Matt Garnsey); a sister Sheila Elcess of Mansfield; brothers Gregory Powell of Mansfield and David (Sheree) Powell of Carmel, IN; sister-in-law Michelle Egan of Spokane, WA, brother-in-law Scott Hagy of Youngstown; his mother-in-law Betty Edgerton of Brooksville, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Bob Elcess, father-in-law Dave Edgerton and mother-in-law Sarah Hagy.
The Powell family will receive friends Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation continues Saturday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. in Diamond Hills Baptist Church, 647 South Diamond Street. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Dennis Powell will follow at 11 a.m. His pastor the Rev. Chris Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the Mission Scholarship Fund of Diamond Hills Baptist Church or the Washington Township Rescue Squad may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Powell family and private condolences may be made to them online at:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in the News Journal on Feb. 21, 2013