Richard B. (Dick) Powers Sr. of Evergreen passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 16, 2013. He was born on Oct. 4, 1923, in Rocky River, Ohio.
Dick served as a pilot in the U.S. Army
Air Force in World War II
. After this discharge, he earned a master's degree in geology and went on to work in oil and gas exploration throughout the western United States and South America. He joined the U.S. Geological Survey, from which he retired in 1995.
Following his retirement, Dick volunteered at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, where he delighted in sharing his extensive knowledge of geology with park visitors - both young and old. He also enjoyed working on the Georgetown Railroad in Georgetown. It was a perfect place for Dick to pass along his love of the history and geology of the mountains.
Dick was an avid swimmer throughout his lifetime. He spent many happy years competing on various master swim teams in Colorado, with many medals to show for his efforts. Another of Dick's passions was playing the trombone with the John Philip Sousa Band of Colorado. Over the years the band played many events, large and small, throughout the state.
Dick married Dorothy H. (Dottie) Lacey in Connecticut on July 16, 1983. The couple moved to their home in Evergreen shortly after their marriage. Dottie survives him and continues to live in Evergreen.
Dick will be greatly missed by his daughter, Julia Ann Powers Lewis (Cal) of Severence, Colo., and his son, Richard B. (Blake) Powers Jr. of Loveland; two granddaughters, Kristen Woods (Ehren) and Kassidy Powers; a grandson, Derrick Catlett; and a great-granddaughter, Evelyn Woods. Other survivors include stepchildren Teri Thompson, Pat Maillett and Rick Lacey of Connecticut, Steve Lacey of Colorado and Jon Lacey of Wyoming; seven stepgrandchildren; and one great-stepgranddaughter.
A celebration of Dick's long and interesting life is being planned in Evergreen on Oct. 4, 2013, on what would have been his 90th birthday.
Donations may be made to the Lutheran Medical Center Foundation, 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80333. Dick's family is very grateful for the excellent care he received from the compassionate staff of Lutheran Medical Center.