Richard Lee Powers
Richard Lee Powers of Edmond, Okla., was born June 2, 1934, to Roy Powers and Virda Scheer Powers in Maramec, Okla. He stepped into his new life on Nov. 29, 2019, at the age of 85.
Richard graduated from Maramec High School in 1952, and married Cora Mae Roberts in 1953. He attended Draughon School of Business and Cameron University in Lawton, Okla., and lacked just a few hours on his undergraduate degree.
Richard worked as a bookkeeper for the Santa Fe Aitchison Railroad from 1953 to 1958. Shortly afterwards, he began working for Sherwin Williams with the opening of their paint store in Duncan, Okla. He was later transferred to Independence, Mo., and later to Lincoln, Neb. He moved back to Oklahoma where he worked for Glidden Paint, until his retirement.
With his love of the railroad, he collected all kinds of memorabilia and trains. He loved doing woodwork and especially making clocks, which he gave away to those who were lucky enough to be on the receiving end.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he taught senior adults for several years. At one time he was the only male in the class. The church lovingly referred to his class as Richard's harem. As long as he was able, Richard also attended mission trips with his church where they provided for the less fortunate.
Richard's kind and tender heart lead him to become a volunteer for hospice, sitting with those in need during their final hours. He also volunteered for several years with Whiz Kids in Oklahoma City where he became a literacy mentor/tutor for under resourced kids.
Richard is survived by one son, James Robert Powers (Gina), of Overland Park, Kan.; one sister, Virginia Averill of Oklahoma City; five grandchildren: Ed Thiel, Louise Maring, Wendy Golden, Amanda Powers and Jerod Powers. He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and one uncle, DeWayne Powers (Carolyn). He is also survived by two dear friends, Bill Mickelsen and Sue Hite.
Richard was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Cora Mae Roberts Powers, one daughter, Roberta Theil, one great-grandson, Logan Maring, as well as his parents and many aunts and uncles.
The family wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to Gregory Parker, M.D. and staff for treating Richard, the man, and not just his cancer. We truly believe he was in our lives longer because of the care and treatment provided by you and your team. Also a special thanks to TenderCare Hospice for making Richard's final days as peaceful and comfortable as possible, and for working so hard to fulfill his wishes to remain in his home throughout his illness. Nurse Jackie and Chaplin Johnny Wray, you were special lights sent to Richard during his toughest days.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Hurd Street, Edmond, OK 73034. Viewing will be 12-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at Matthews Funeral Home, 601 S. Kelly Ave., Edmond, OK 73003. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. at the Lawson Cemetery in Yale, Okla. Services under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home.
Published on December 3, 2019


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Rob Dolman
Dec 05, 2019
Rest in Peace to a friend of 35 years. I went to work for Dick at Glidden Paint in 1985 at the ripe young age of 20 years old and he quickly "whipped me into shape" to be something far more in life. He was the consummate leader, mentor and friend and within a short time, he had me groomed to move on into the same leadership role as him in a different state. He was still only a phone call away when I needed him, and often did. We shared Edmond as a hometown and I frequently ran into him and enjoyed lunch at Pickles with him on a few occasions, which I will always treasure. Farewell for now old friend. My sincerest prayers and condolences to the family of this great man.