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Richard Lewis "Dick" Powell

age 79, Brownsburg, died July 28, 2014. He wrote his own obituary. He was born at General Hospital in Indianapolis, IN on July 1, 1935 to his late parents, William Monroe and Alpha May Powell. He graduated from George W. Sloan School No. 41 in 1949, Shortridge High School in 1953 and General Motors Institute in 1957. He completed the Institute's Fifth Year Program in 1958 and was awarded a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree.

He immediately started his full time employment at Plant 8 of Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors Corporation, spending the vast majority of his time in the Performance Group with a relatively short stint in the Controls Group. While in the Performance Group he learned to program the IBM mainframe computer using the FORTRAN language. He was proud to say that the people he worked with were among the finest folks you would ever want to meet. He retired on June 2, 1992. It was one of the finest days of his life and he highly recommended it to everyone!

It seemed as though he always had a job. Over the years he was a newspaper carrier (Indianapolis Times), amusement park game worker (Riverside Amusement Park), theater usher, ticket taker and handyman (Rex Theater), women's shoe salesman (several stores in downtown Indianapolis) (his very worst job), salesman and handyman (Army-Navy Surplus Store), and mechanical engineer (Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors Corporation).

He purchased his first desktop personal computer (PC) in February 1997. This was done at the suggestion of his wife who thought he could use a hobby. He quickly fell in love with the learning process and the tinkering required in getting up to speed on this machine and soon considered it his hobby. He spent many informative and productive hours sitting in front of his PC.

He is leaving behind his wonderful wife Judith Kay (Wolfe Harvey) Powell who he loved dearly. He felt that he was sooo fortunate that she accepted his proposal of marriage. They were married on Oct. 21, 1989. He was sure that God had smiled on him that day. He is also leaving behind his three daughters Sabrina Sue (Robert) Farris, Terri Leslie Powell, and Lisa Gayle Soultz; his sister Judith Ann (Charles) Price; his stepson Mark Alan (Debbie) Harvey and his grandchildren Camille Renee and Calder Powell Farris and step grandchildren Calista Rose and Matthew Alan Harvey, all of whom he loved deeply. Finally, he is leaving behind his BEST friend Thomas Ciskowski. They have seen each other regularly for almost 50 years. He loved you too Tom. God willing, he is looking forward to being with all these folks on the other side. But please, there is absolutely no hurry.

His daughters' mother was Greta Sue Powell who died in 1996. They were divorced in 1975.

He would like to thank all those individuals in the medical profession who collectively helped keep him alive since early March 1989. He would especially like to thank the following: Peggy Wolfe (Registered Nurse), Robert Robison (Thoracic Surgeon), Michael Ball (Cardiologist), Gary Ayres (Internist), Carl Sartorius (Neurological Surgeon), Oskar Oskarson (Hematologist-Oncologist), Scott Farnham (Urologist), and Patrick Park (Surgeon).

He would be remiss if he failed to mention that he will miss terribly his favorite restaurant, Arni's of Lebanon, IN. In his later years he had been known to eat there three times a week. He would highly recommend Arni's to everyone who enjoys great food and an exceptional restaurant staff. All of the folks who have worked there and work there now are good, caring, hardworking individuals. He loved you too, Arni's of Lebanon.

He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 1 in Matthews Mortuary , Brownsburg, with memorial services there at 11 a.m. on Sat. Aug. 2. Burial will be in Brownsburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (there is no cure for chronic myelomonocytic leukemia) and/or the . Online guestbook at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 30, 2014
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