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Obituary

USAF Col. Steven T. (Ret.) Powers

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FAIRBORN USAF Col. (Ret.) Steven T. Powers, age 72 of Madeira Beach, FL and Fairborn, OH, lost his final battle with lung and brain cancer due to Agent Orange exposure on Wednesday February 27, 2013. He was born May 26, 1940, the son of the late Edward and Eulalah (Wise) Powers. Steven was raised in Indianapolis, IN and graduated from Ben Davis High School; he also attended the General Motors Institute in Michigan. Steven enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1961 and that turned out to be the love of his life. He was stationed all over the world and achieved the rank of Colonel in his 26 years of service. During that time he earned the Legion of Merit Award, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three service stars, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, AF Good Conduct Medal, AF Short Tour and Long Tour Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. Steven was also a lifetime member of the Air Force Association, American Legion, and the DAV of Clark County. Immediately following his retirement from the Air Force in 1987, he was employed with SOFTECH, then General Dynamics and I-NET. With all of his experience he formed his own company, Kelley's Logistics Support Systems (KLSS) with his wife Anita Kelley-Powers, as CEO. This company was his "dream come true" accomplishment. Steven is survived by his wife, Anita Kelley-Powers; his son, Steven L. Powers, wife Challen, grandsons, Kasey, Brady, and Bennett Powers of Indianapolis, IN; his daughter, Teri A. Borton, husband Nicholas, granddaughters, Austin and Kyly, grandson, Tylor Barton, of Centerville, OH; his brother, James E Powers and wife Loretta of St. Petersburg, FL and Michelle Albert of Dunnellon, FL; step-children, Lisa Kelley, Kim Calandriello, Nicki Hyser, Michael Kelley; and special family friend, LeeAnn Puckett. The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the many friends who helped us through this difficult time and especially the doctors and nurses of the Dayton VA that gave us an extra year with Steve. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday March 3, 2013 from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn. A private burial with full military honors will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice -or- Hospice of Dayton -or- the Humane Society of Dayton. Condolences may be made to the family at www.BeltonStroup.com.

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