Robert J. "Bob" Powers

Robert Junior Powers, 92, a lifelong resident of Leavenworth, died, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home. He was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Leavenworth, the son of Robert C. and Cora C. (Shaughnes) Powers Jr.

Robert Powers

Bob was known for his sense of humor, willingness to help others and his indefatigable spirit.

After graduating from Leavenworth High School, Bob joined the Army and served in the combat infantry division during World War II. After the war, Bob returned home and married Betty Stevens. He worked at Wadsworth Hospital and then Ft. Leavenworth for 30 years. He always had two or more jobs. Bob was involved in work at the Eagles Area 55 branch most of his life. He served as secretary for 27 years, was previously president of the local organization and state president for the Eagles.

In 1960, Bob married Geneva Tomlin, a widow, and Bob inherited a family of five. He helped hold the family together and filled a huge gap in all of their lives. Geneva preceded Bob in death in 1998. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Kathy Slack.

In 2000, Bob married Linda Bohannon and once again enlarged his family. She survives at the home. He is also survived by a brother, Eugene Powers of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Cathy Long of Leavenworth; six step-children, Lawrence (Deb) Tomlin of Overland Park, Mike (Jayme) Tomlin of Shawnee, Rita Decarsky of Leavenworth, Russ Tomlin of Montrose, Colo., Dawn (Doug) Hudson of Leavenworth and Dale (Cindy) Bohannon of Leavenworth; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 4 great great-grandchildren.

Even after retiring, Bob continued to work for 16 years as a crossing guard at Lansing Schools, a job that he enjoyed so much that he kept it until he was 85 and no longer able to do the job. Bob loved spending time with his family and friends and more than 80 people gathered to celebrate his 90th birthday. He also loved to share memories of growing up without an automobile and having the opportunity to walk or bicycle everywhere. Perhaps the daily exercise contributed to his long life and unfailing work ethic. Bob will always be remembered for his happy spirit, quick wit and his love of family.

Visitation beginning with the rosary will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2018, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church, with Rev. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church Building Fund.