James “Jim” K. Powers, 88, of Dubuque, entered into his eternal home on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Manor Care Health Services in Dubuque.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Church, where a visitation will be held from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. Burial will take place at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with full Military Honors conducted by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.
Jim “Red” was born on August 21, 1930, in McGregor, Iowa, the son of William and Lucille Powers. He proudly served on the front lines in the Korean War and was honorably discharged on February 16, 1953. Upon returning to the states, he married Anna Mae (Reiter) in 1955, in Omaha, Neb. Together, they made their path through life, sharing 61 years of the peaks and valleys of marriage, and lived in the same home throughout their married life. Jim and Anna Mae were longtime members of Resurrection Church, and Jim was blessed one year to be the lucky winner of a vehicle at the annual Resurrection Parish Festival.
Jim entered the workforce, first working at the former Caradco, before becoming employed at John Deere Dubuque Works. He retired from John Deere in 1986 after 30 years of loyal service. After retirement, he enjoyed driving for RTA and drove the route to Iowa City, and immensely enjoyed all the people he met while driving back and forth from Dubuque.
In the early years of their marriage, they owned a cabin on the island in Guttenberg, Iowa, and spent many enjoyable years with their children on weekends and vacations. As a family, they enjoyed camping, and that was where they could be found, if not at their home. He progressed from their truck camper to their motorhome, a luxury he never thought he would enjoy as much as they did. They traveled to many states and enjoyed visiting many state parks across the nation.
Jim was a hard-working, blue collar individual, with a laugh that was difficult not to distinguish if he was in the vicinity. He spoke often about how little they once had and yet how little it took to create happiness for them at a time when he was fortunate to be comfortable. In his later years, his faith was reignited, and it was his faith that guided him through experiencing the loss of sight and the difficulties of breathing. He was grateful to be a member of his church.
He is survived by his sons, William L. (Bonnie) Powers and James K. Powers, and his daughter, Lori Tillman, all of Dubuque; grandchildren, Dr. Lisa London, of Chicago, Billy (Kristle) Powers, of Dubuque, Jacey (Brian Shea), of Belmont, Wis., Paige (Eric) Powers, of Chilton, Wis., and Michael (Keri) Tillman and Tracy (Steve Weiler), of Dubuque, and step-grandson, Thom (Sheri) Wasmund, of Lena, Ill.; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, LaVern (Gayle) Reiter; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Lyons, of Dubuque, and Carol Godwin, of Galena Ill.; plus numerous nieces and nephews; and Karen Smith, a special goddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae; his parents; brothers, Robert (Jo) Powers and Larry (Carmen) Powers; sister, Rosemary (Lloyd) Valley; nieces, Michelle Powers, Susan Lyons and Linda Lyons; mother and father-in-law, Leo (Esther) Reiter; and brothers and sisters-in-law, LeRoy Reiter (in infancy), Merlin (Janaan) Reiter, LeRoy Lyons, Francis Callahan, Lacy Godwin, Bob Brotheridge, Homer (Marion) Jewell, Orvetta Reiter and Jeanette Reiter.
A James K. Powers Memorial Fund has been established.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and staff at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque, as well as Mary Schmidt of Resurrection, who faithfully brought dad communion, and to the EMT and first responders for their exceptional care and compassion.