Edwin Powless

Edwin Powless

Edwin Powless, Jr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 20, 2014 after a long battle due to injuries sustained in a car accident on July 14, 2014. He was known by his family and many friends as an avid sports lover, closely following the WMU Broncos, the Detroit Tigers, Nascar racing, especially #24 Jeff Gordon and the Detroit Lions in the winter. Eddie also enjoyed traveling and discovering new places.Ed was born July 4, 1941 in Plainwell, MI. He worked at Allied Paper for 28 years, Tower Automotive for 11 years and the last 11 years for the Greater Kalamazoo Auto Auction, where he especially enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow workers.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and Julia “Dolly” Powless; his sister Esther Fales and his step-son Paul Batts. Surviving are his wife Trudy (Balkema) Powless; his 4 siblings, Eleanor (Arlen) Miller, Evelyn (Doug) Metzer, Elaine (Tom) Noyes, Elwyn (Ruth) Powless; his 4 children, Eric (Tonya) Powless and his children Jessica, Jason and Theresa; Cathy (Will) Williamson and her daughter Amy; Scott (Colleen) Powless and their children Reno and Renee; Dennis (Amanda) Powless and their children Emily, Hanna and Joslynn; his 3 stepchildren, Steve (Katie) Batts, their children Bethany, Amanda and Sean; Debbi Batts and Betty (Steve) Gibson and their children Nela, Christopher, and Lindsay.

Friends will be received on Sunday, August 24th from 4 to 7 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. A Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 25th at 11am at the Centerpoint Church, 2345 N. 10th Street, Kalamazoo, MI officiated by Dr. Rev. Jeff Porte. A light lunch will be served immediately following the memorial service at Centerpoint Church. There will be no graveside service. The family would like to offer our sincerest thank you to the Trauma Care team at Bronson Hospital for their exemplary care of Ed and their compassion towards the family.

Contributions in Ed’s name may be made to the Allegan Lions.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Ruth De Haan says:

    Sorry for your lost prayers for the family. With love your cousins in AZ. Ruth De Haan and Robin Drumm

  2. Gert and Mike Wheeler says:

    Trudy and family, we were so saddened to here of Ed’s accident and then death. In prayer and sympathy. Gert, Mike and family

  3. Pat "Leonard" Clingenpeel says:

    Family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. We know in our Christian world that we will see Eddie again in the after life. To know he is not suffering is a help, just know that he is in our loving Fathers arms now…

  4. joyce ( Goucher) Mann says:

    Growing up next door to Eddy was something I will never forget, he was like an extra big brother.
    he was always organizing baseball games with the neighbor hood kids. He kept most of us out of trouble by keeping us busy. He taught me how to dance, which was not easy. I loved sitting an talking with him , he always had such a good outlook on life.
    I am so glad that he was in my life. And his sister Elaine was my best friend, my thoughts and prayers to the family.

  5. Bob and Mary DeKoekkoek says:

    Trudy and Family
    We were shocked to read in the paper of Ed’s death. We were friends from years past, and remember him as a fun loving guy with a big smile. We are so sorry for your loss and pray that your faith will carry you through these sorrowful times.

  6. David & Jane Kling, Frank & Maggie Belknap says:

    Dear Trudy & Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s accident and his passing. We will remember his long “over the backyard fence” conversations that he had with us and always asking how Maggie was doing. We’ll miss his smiling face.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

  7. Kermit O'Brien says:

    I worked with Ed at GKAA.
    He always had the Detroit paper to check on the Tigers.
    A good guy who will be missed.
    Rest in peach Ed.

  8. SUE MARQUARD says:

    EVIE, ELAINE AND FAMILY,
    SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR BROTHER, I WILL KEEP YOU AND HIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS

  9. SANDY (KELSEY) HOLLAND says:

    DEAR FAMILY,
    SO SHOCKED AND VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF ED’S PASSING, HAVE GOOD MEMORIES OF CALVARY CHURCH AND HIGH SCHOOL DAYS. WE PRAY GOD WILL HELP THE PAIN IN YOUR HEARTS. HE WILL BE WELCOMED IN HEAVEN . BLESS YOU ALL.
    OUR PRAYERS WILL BE WITH YOU. SANDY AND DAVE HOLLAND

  10. Robert Soter says:

    Dearest Trudy, Rebecca and I are so saddened by the loss of Ed.
    We wish you the deepest of sympathy in this sad time. Everyone here is sick with some kind of intestinal issue, so we won’t be coming to the visitation today. But, believe me, we are grieving with you in your loss. God Bless! B&R

  11. Phil Suglia says:

    Eddie I didn’t even hear you were in an auto accident let alone leaving us. My thoughts and prayers go out to your immediate family at this time of sorrow. Rest In Peace my friend. I will miss seeing your smiling face at the auction and Kalamazoo Speedway.

  12. Richard Babcock says:

    Trudy, I am so sorry for your loss .I worked at the auction along side of Eddie for many years and enjoyed Eddies humor and being a friend to many at the auction.

  13. Larry & Sandy Crawford says:

    Sorry for your loss Ed was a great guy

  14. Pat & Karin Joyce says:

    Deepest sympathies on the loss of Ed. Prayers for Comfort and Peace.

  15. Jim/Bobbie Spitzner says:

    Trudy, we just heard tonight. We are so sorry. Your losses have been many, and we can relate to the loss of your son Paul, as we lost our 2nd son, John, last October 4th from hereditary neuropathy . They say it gets better. but it doesn’t seem that way to me.

    Eddie was a good friend and ready to help any and all with anything.

    Jim remembers your times when he worked for Alflin Batts

    Jim and Bobbie Spitzner

  16. Fred and Leslie Decker says:

    To Trudy and family,
    We have known Ed for so many years and always enjoyed talking with him when he was sitting at baseball games with Eddie and Dolly. He was a real fan. We will miss seeing him when we walk to our seats at WMU basketball games; we always looked forward to seeing you both. We send our sincere sympathy for your untimely loss.
    Sincerely, Fred and Leslie Decker

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