Richard T. ‘Dick’ Powell
Feb. 15, 1921 - Nov. 21, 2006
Richard T. "Dick" Powell of Waukesha died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 85. Dick was born Feb. 15, 1921, in Waukesha, the son of Charlie and Agnes (nee Malleschitz) Powell. He was a devout Catholic for his entire life. Dick attended grade school at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Waukesha, and later raised his children through St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Waukesha. In Dick’s later years, he and his wife of more than 66 years, May, celebrated Mass through the nearby St. John’s Neumann parish in Waukesha. Dick was an inspector at Hein-Werner Corp. from 1937 until his retirement in 1982.
Rarely seen without each other, Dick and May were inseparable. Dick will always be remembered by his children for his endless devotion to helping them through extensive involvement in school and post-secondary education activities. These activities ranged from after-work car rides to practices, rehearsals, games, graduations and endless other functions. Dick’s family will always remember boat trips on Wisconsin lakes, a Friday fish fry, and especially family vacations. His grandchildren lovingly knew Dick as "Gramps." Even in his final days with his family, Dick monitored every grandchild’s endeavor. Dick will be remembered for his sense of humor, charm, wit, storytelling and diplomacy.
Dick will be sadly missed by his wife, May; four children, William (Melissa) of Sheboygan, Ginger (Ronald) Agen of Waukesha, Jim (Beth) of Madison and David of Milwaukee; seven grandchildren, Symantha Powell, Shelley (Forrest) Smith, Danny Agen, Amanda (Chuck) Shapiro, Sita Powell, Andrew Powell and Rachael Richardson-Wortzel; great-grandson, Casey; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Don, Lee and Bill; and sister Kathleen.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, Nov. 24, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 Highway 59, Waukesha, with the Rev. James Loehr officiating. Entombment to immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Waukesha Memorial Cancer Center Foundation, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188; the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53187; or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1120 James Drive, Hartland, WI 53029.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Waukesha Memorial Heart Care Unit for their loving care and concern.
For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.