John R. Powers

  • Born: January 16, 1934
  • Died: December 2, 2009
  • Location: Fairmount, Indiana

Tribute & Message From The Family

John R. Powers, age 75, of Fairmount, IN, died Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at Renaissance Speciality Hospital in Muncie, IN. John was a lifetime farmer. In his earlier years he was a dairy farmer. He was a Madison Grant School Bus driver for 32 years and a licensed Auctioneer. John was a life member of Grant United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years and was a Layleader. He enjoyed volunteering with the Grant County Chapliancy Program and was a Farm Bureau member. John enjoyed his grandchildren, fishing, and his 1952 Ford Truck. He was an avid bird watcher always keeping his feeders full. His favorites were the hawks. He was the son of the late Vaughn Powers and the late Dorothy (Echelbarger) Powers. John was born in Grant County, Indiana on January 16, 1934. He graduated from Fairmount High School in 1952. John is survived by his wife of neary 55 years Betty Mitchener Powers. They were married on March 6, 1955 at the Fairmount Friends Church. John is also survived by Three Daughters: Vonda (Stan) Cawthorn, Fairmount, IN Paula (Marc Freije) Powers, Naples, FL Jonna (Kent) Grindle, Jonesboro, IN One Son: JD Powers, Fairmount, IN 3 Grandchildren; Kale Grindle Christen Cawthorn and Kelsey Grindle Arrangements are being handled by Armes-Hunt Funeral Home, 415 S. Main St., Fairmount, IN Visitation is Friday, December 4, 2009 from 4-8 PM and the funeral home. Funeral Service is Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 10:30 AM with Dr. Constance Cherry officiating. Interment will be at Park Cemetery, Fairmount, IN Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant County Chaplaincy Program or Grant United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home. On line condolences may be made at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jonna, I am sorry for your loss. We are all thinking of you and your family at this time. Amy Yakos

Posted by Amy Yakos - Muncie, IN   December 07, 2009

Betty & Children; We are saddened to hear of John's passing. One of our Grant Church family is missing God be with you. Pete & Caroln King

Posted by Pete & Carolyn King - Jacksonville, FL   December 06, 2009

betty & family, sorry about your loss of our friend john. as you know we have been out of town. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by george and barbara (owen) brown - cape canaveral, FL   December 06, 2009

Betty, Girls and JD, So sorry to hear of your loss. Many fond high school memories include being at the Powers' house and John teasing his girls making those visits always fun. Great memories help get those who've lost through difficult times. God Bless!

Posted by Kurt Kohlmorgen - Marion, IN   December 05, 2009

John Powers Family I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of John. My brother Mike spoke very highly of Vaughn & John and of the early mornings of milking the cows. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Greg Cox

Posted by Greg Cox - Tipton, IN   December 05, 2009

Sorry to hear of John's passing. I have many fond memories of John and your family.

Posted by Philip Small - FORT WAYNE, IN   December 04, 2009

To the Powers Family, May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is "near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves." (Psalm 34;18) He has promised to soon "swallow up death forever...and wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25;8)

Posted by valerie thompson - IN   December 04, 2009

I was shocked and saddened by the lost of John. I always thought of John as my second dad and your family as my second family. I remember all the fun times we had going to ballgames, riding the bus, attending church functions and watching scarey movies with John. John always had a big smile and plesant comment when I got on the bus in the morning. May God bring peace and love over your family at this difficult time.

Posted by Betsy Riggs - Fairmount, IN   December 04, 2009

To the Powers Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. John was my bus driver and I have many fond memories of riding the bus. He always had a smile and interesting comments to match. He was a kind and gentle person and will be sadly missed. Our loss is Heaven's gain. May God bless you with peace and strength at this time.

Posted by Julie Brown - Gas City, IN   December 04, 2009

Just want you to know that we have you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. I know that the Lord picked a good one to have in heaven .Love and prayers,Cindy and Mike Gibbs

Posted by Cindy Gibbs - Muncie, IN   December 04, 2009

Just wanted to tell you how sorry I am at the passing of your dad. I was fortunate to ride his bus while in High School and he always had a smile for me and everyone else. I am sure we will all truly miss him. God Bless and may God be with all of you during your time of sorrow and loss

Posted by Jim Julian - Summiville, IN   December 04, 2009

Paula and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your loving family around you. Yours, Dennis, Jennifer, Byron and Anissa Weber

Posted by Jennifer Weber - Westfield, IN   December 03, 2009