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Robert Austin Powrie

AGE: 98 •

Robert (Bob) A. Powrie passed away January 24 in Sarasota, FL. He was born on November 26, 1917 in Bay City, MI to Frederick H. Powrie, Sr. and Eleanora (Meilstrup) Powrie. He attended college in Flint, MI. There he met and married Alice Ellen Johnson on May 10, 1940. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. He worked for the E. I. DuPont Company from 1937 to 1979, concluding his career as the Assistant Financial Control Manager of the Fabrics and Finishes Division. In 1953, DuPont transferred the family to Wilmington, DE where Bob and Alice were involved in United Methodist Church ministries, at McCabe and Aldersgate. Bob chaired the conference Ministers' Pension Campaign, was delegate and served as treasurer of Neighborhood House. The family enjoyed times in their Wilmington home and at their Ocean City, NJ beach house. In 1986, they moved to Sarasota, FL and became actively involved in community and church. They shared their love of bridge, travel, golf, music, theater.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his five brothers, his wife of 73 years, and his grandson Gregory R. Parker. He is survived by his three daughters Beth Ann Parker (Alan), Mary Alice Baldridge (Ronald), and Barbara Powrie Verderose (Charles), 6 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held in Florida, with burial to be at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Published in The News Journal on Feb. 17, 2016
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