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Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Powell

PLEASANT PLAINS - Staff Sgt. Joshua D. Powell, 25, of Pleasant Plains, IL., passed away Tuesday September 21, 2010 due to injuries sustained in a helicopter accident in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, while serving with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY.

He was born in Springfield, November 10, 1984 the son of David and Susan Brooks Powell. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James M. Brooks, an uncle; Michael Powell and his great grandparents.

Josh was a 2003 graduate of Pleasant Plains High School where he lettered all four years in varsity soccer. He was a member of the Western Oaks Baptist Church. Josh was an avid hunter, and enjoyed collecting guns. He was a motorcyclist and recently became a St. Louis Cardinal fan.

Josh is survived by his parents; Susan (husband Doug) Needham of Pleasant Plains, and David (wife Theresa) Powell of Springfield, two brothers; Travis (wife Brea) Powell of New Berlin, IL and Zachary Powell of Springfield, his maternal grandmother; Judy Brooks of Springfield, his paternal grandparents; John and Doris Powell of Pleasant Plains, his great grandmother; Iva Hinrichs of Arizona, his aunt; Becky Powell of Springfield, his uncle; Jeff Brooks, his girlfriend, Rebecca Elshoff of Chatham, and several cousins.

Visitation will be from 3-7 pm Monday September 27, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church 2924 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday September 28, 2010 at the church with Dr. Roger Ross and Rev. Ed Ingram officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the United States Army at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given in Josh's memory to the Gold Star Mothers 4401 A, Connecticut Ave. Washington, D.C. 20008 or the Wounded Warrior Project Fund P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS. 66675-8516

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424.



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