Robert J. Powell, 79, of Hillsborough, N.J., died on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, with his family by his side at Foothill Acres Rehabilitation Center after a battle with complications from a fall.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Bob was the son of the late William and Sally Powell. Bob served his country honorably in the United States Marines and was a life member of the Marine Corps League. He was the 1957 All Marine and All Service Boxing Champion. Bob was inducted into both the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame and the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University where he met Rosemarie, his wife of 53 years, and a graduate as well. Bob was an honored educator in the Bridgewater-Raritan School District and was a respected wrestling coach of then Bridgewater High School East. He was also an avid member of the NRA, Loyal Order of Elk and American Legion Post 12.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; son, William J. Powell; brothers, Bill, Donald, John, Ronald and Richard; and sisters, Sally, Patricia, Myrna, Gretchen and Jane. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Rachel and Nico.
The funeral will be on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 8:15 a.m. from the Ketusky Funeral Home, 1310 Brooks Blvd., Manville, N.J., followed by Mass at 9 at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Manville, N.J. Burial will be private.
The viewing will be on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made in lieu of flowers to the John Basilone Detachment of the Marine Corps League c/o American Legion, 4 J.F. Kennedy Drive, Milltown, NJ 08850 or Wounded Warriors Project, www.wounded warriorproject.org/donate
or by calling 904-296-7350.
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