James Benjamin Powers, 75, of North Pole, died Oct. 8, 2013, at home with his family, after a long battle with cancer.
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There will be a celebration of life from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at the VFW Post 10029 in North Pole off Laurance Road. Military honors will be presented at 2 p.m. Jimmy will be cremated and his ashes will be spread over Atigun Pass next summer.
He was born Aug. 1, 1938, at Hamilton, Mont., the son of Jim B. and Ruby Powers. He attended school in Idaho and Montana, which at this time he worked with his Dad and Uncle Buck doing logging and road construction. He joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and served until 1964. He then worked in road construction, logging, railroad and long haul trucking in the Lower 48. On Oct. 15, 1971, he married JoAnn Bondurant Elliott in Livingston, Mont. They moved to West Yellowstone for a few years and back to Livingston, until moving to Alaska in 1985 and going to work for Frontier Trucking. Here in Alaska they lived in Fairbanks for eight years and then moved to North Pole in November 1993.
During his trucking years, he drove the haul road, worked in Red Dog mine and worked with his nephews, Wade and Dave Schnabl, building ice roads. In 1997, he went to work for Alaska State Commercial vehicle enforcement at the scales and retired from that in 2005. He then did pilot car work for several trucking companies. He has left a lot of close coworkers and friends on the haul road.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Jerry, and sister, Patricia Schnabl, and four nephews.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn, of North Pole; four sons, John (Anna) Elliott, in Billings, Mont.; Rod (Deb) Powers, in Bozeman, Mont.; Ben Powers and Todd James Powers, in North Pole; two sisters, Nilah (Robert) Tracy, in Livingston, Mont.; and Elizabeth Walter, in Idaho; one brother, John (Chrysa) Powers, in White Fish, Mont; six grandchildren, Jayline, Jesse, Christine, Rodney James, Matt, Jackson Dale; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 12, 2013