Russell Wade Powers (1964 - 2017)


Russell Wade Powers (Rusty) was born on February 29, 1964, in Moscow, Idaho. He moved to Alaska with his parents at just 4 years old and was a long-time resident of Juneau. He passed away at home on December 21, 2017, at just 53 years old after two years trying to heal from cancer.
He was innovative, highly intelligent, creative as well as passionate about everything he did and driven to be the best he could be, which inspired others around him. After working for various plumbing and heating companies in Juneau for 7 1/2 years, he decided to open his own business in 1993, The Plumbing and Heating Company, which is now his legacy that his son Chase will continue.
All who loved, and knew him, will always remember his great sense of humor and fun-loving nature (which were behind all the practical jokes that everyone loved), his strength and courage, his unlimited capacity to see the good in others as well as his generosity and kindness. He had a huge heart and always wanted the best for everyone.
His favorite thing to do was go fishing on his boat and sharing the love of water with his family, friends, and his dogs. To say he will be missed is an understatement as no one can ever fill the shoes this amazing man left.
He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Powers; father, Dick Powers (Sharon); son, Chase; granddaughter, Alana; step-daughter, Jessica Glenn; step-father, Tim Fullam; nephews- Spencer Youngstrom and Isaac Powers, close friends- Dave Wetzel, Steve Masters, Craig Ahrens, and Bill Shattenberg. Rusty was preceded in death by his mother, Stella Fullam.
Rest in peace Rusty. Until we meet again.
The family will be honoring his wishes with a private memorial service.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Jan. 2 to Feb. 1, 2018