Robert W. Powell


On Thursday, June 20, 2019, local real estate agent and businessman Robert W. "Bob" Powell, loving husband of Helen Bauder Powell, passed away peacefully at his home. He was 97.
He was born on Nov. 17 1921, in Ellwood City, to the late William E. and Catherine Boggs Powell.
Mr. Powell is survived by his wife of 76 years. Survivors include a son, Zachery (Jacqueline) Powell; a daughter, Susan (Terry) Campbell; daughter-in-law, Pamela Powell; and a sister, Joan (Bill) Mould.
Surviving grandchildren include Tiffany (Michael) Horanski, Ryan (Jill) Campbell, Sarah (Robert) Lynch, Robert Powell, Ashlee (Aaron) Gray, Amanda (Jason) Brosk and Tyler Powell.
Surviving great-grandchildren are Aidan Horanski; Ella, Olivia and Jackson Lynch; Preston and Evan Powell' Conner and Carson Gray; and Jacob and Addison Brosk.
Mr. Powell was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Bauder Powell, in 2017; a brother, Donald Powell (Ruth); and a sister, Catherine (Robert Cooper).
Bob graduated from Lincoln High School in 1940, where he played football. He played tight end on the 1939 Ellwood City Beaver Valley Championship team. He attended Albion College in Michigan on a football scholarship. After his freshman year, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Feb. 5 1941.
He spent 22 months in combat with the 311th Fighter Squadron of the 58th Fighter Group in the Southwest Pacific Theatre of operations during World War II.
He completed 185 combat missions and received the following decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Philippine Liberation Medal with star, South Pacific Theatre Ribbon with four Campaign stars, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Armed Service Reserve Medal. He retired from the USAF Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After leaving the service, he worked for C.L. Bauder Motors and Economy Chevrolet auto dealerships in Ellwood City. He entered the real estate/insurance business in 1956 with the Ellwood Agency. He then purchased the agency in 1963, known as Ellwood Agency/R.W. Powell Real Estate.
Robert worked until the age of 95, with his son, Zak, who now continues the legacy.
Mr. Powell was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was best known for his work in the community. He served many years on the Ellwood City Hospital Board of Directors, Lawrence County Planning Commission and the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce Board, both of which he was a past president. For his service to Ellwood City, he received the Chamber's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award.
He was a member of the Ellwood City Lions, F&AM No. 599 Ellwood-Parian Lodge, Syria Shrine, New Castle Consistory, and NRA. He had served as Secretary of the Ellwood City Industrial Corporation and Lawrence County Industrial Development Corporation.
As a Realtor, he was instrumental with bringing to Ellwood City the R.J. Schill Manor and McDonald's among other developments.
Mr. Powell was a member of the Lawrence County Board of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and licensed residential and commercial appraiser, working with many lending institutions throughout the area.
Community and service were Mr. Powell's passion, and he made the great city of Ellwood and its people his priority for almost 98 years.
Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME, 500 Sixth St., Ellwood City. On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, friends will be received at Trinity Lutheran Church, 207 Spring Ave., Ellwood City, from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Peggy Suhr-Barkley officiating.
Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery, North Sewickley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Ellwood City Historical Society.
Full military honors will be conducted by the U.S. Air Force and the Veterans Honor Guard at the church at noon Tuesday.
Members of F&AM No. 599 Ellwood-Parian Lodge are asked to meet Monday before a service at 8 p.m.
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Linda Scott
Jun 22, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing.

Susie, it has been such a long time and my prayers of comfort are for you and your family. Bob was such a great great Christian man. I know you will take comfort in that.