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Joe Powell

Funeral services for Joe R. Powell, 90, West Plains, Missouri, were held Monday, June 26, 2017 in the Rose Chapel, Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Powell passed away at 9:29 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2017 at West Vue Nursing Center.


He was born November 12, 1926 at Tuckerman, Arkansas to John N. Powell and Minnie Mask Powell. On April 12, 1947, Mr. Powell was married at the Hatfield Church of Christ to Helen Janice Ingalsbe who preceded him in death on June 12, 2015. In 1948, he and Helen moved to Rockford, Illinois where they lived until 1958. While in Rockford, he owned and operated the Silver Hill Grocery, was employed by White-Westinghouse and Hydro-Line. After the family returned to West Plains, Mr. Powell owned and operated the Glenwood Grocery Store, operated a Grade A Dairy and was a clerk for “Red” Hall Auction and Floyd Rhine Auction. He was elected and served as an Associate Judge of the Howell County Southern District, served on the Glenwood School District Board of Directors and drove a school bus for many years. Mr. Powell was a successful sales associate for Pender Chevrolet and Blackburn Chevrolet, Thayer, Missouri and Earl’s Dodge, West Plains, Missouri. After retirement, he spent his time gardening and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. Mr. Powell was a member of the Church of Christ all his adult life; most recently attending the Curry Street Church of Christ, West Plains, Missouri.


He is survived by four children, J. Sue Wheeler, husband, Travis, Peculiar, Missouri, Richard N. Powell, partner, Al Urban, Roeland Park, Kansas, Joe R. Powell, Jr., wife, Carol, Golden, Colorado and Karen A. Mason, husband, Jim, Monett, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Wheeler, Travis Wheeler, Jr., Jared Rutz, wife, Hanna, Lauren Rutz, Elizabeth Mason, husband, Brian Recktenwald, Anne Yensz, husband, Robby, and Spencer Powell; four great-grandchildren, Travis F. Wheeler, Savanah Wheeler, Aliyah Wheeler and Benton Recktenwald, and many nieces and nephews.


His parents, wife, five brothers, Otis, Curtis, Ray, Marvin and Odell Powell and one sister, Loveeda Duncan, preceded him in death.


Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen Cemetery and left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at