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Robert Powers

A service celebrating the life of Robert Franklin Powers will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at the Otsego United Methodist Church. Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery.

Bob was born to Donald and Eva (Corrie) Powers on May 4, 1938 in South Haven, Michigan. In 1950 the Powers family relocated to a farm just north of Otsego and Bob graduated from Otsego High School as part of the class of 1956. On November 20, 1959 he married the love of his life, Brenda Grauman and together they raised four children.

Although he was a man of few words and a bit of a solitudinarian, Bob was a great presence in the lives of those he loved. He will be missed immensely by the family who felt his constant calming presence; witnessed his example of a powerful, loving marriage; were the recipients of his never-ending patience, and were on the receiving end of his dry sense of humor and good-natured practical jokes.

He is survived by his children, Jeff (Mary) Powers of Grand Rapids, Jerrie (Tom) Matthews, Sherrie (Larry) Town and Tim (Susan) Powers all of Otsego; 12 grandchildren, Ashley, (Richard) Humphries, Brian Powers, Andrea (Derek) Schwab, Matt Matthews, Kevin (Melissa) Matthews, Jenna (Matthew) Leyndyke, Bobby Matthews (Alexandra Bennett), Aric (Lindsey) Town, Adam Town, Veronica Powers, Jessica Powers and Sabrina Powers; and 19 great grandchildren, and sisters Linda (Tom) Nash and Mary Powers.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Brenda, brothers James, Ron and Don.

Bob and Brenda’s adopted pets brought a great amount of pleasure and comfort to their lives. For those wishing to make a contributions in memory of Bob please consider the Pet Resource Network of Otsego or to Christian Neighbors.

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Josephine Pape

April 8, 2022 at 11:19 am

To the Power’s family.

So sorry for the loss of your dad. He had to be a very special man to support your mom in some of risky things she did. Going Bronson Park to feed the homeless among other things.

He and your mom will now be reunited on Heaven.

Cherish your beautiful memories.


The Secords

April 8, 2022 at 1:29 pm

Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you.


Ruby Rogers

April 8, 2022 at 2:51 pm

Dearest Powers Family,

I’m sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. I just want to thank you again for letting me serve him in his home. He was a sweet quiet man. He didn’t say much but was always agreeable and a gentleman. I got him talking once about his wife and he said she was his love. I’ll be praying for you guys and may God comfort you at this time. Ruby (home helpers)


Sue Higgs

April 8, 2022 at 3:47 pm

Tim so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Condolences to you and your family


Bryon & Kandy Campbell

April 8, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Powers Family,

So sorry to read about the loss of your father. Your parents were mainstays in the City of Otsego and had a positive impact on a lot of people. We wish you peace and comfort as you reflect and celebrate your fathers life.


Bryon & Kandy Campbell


Rachelle & Matthew Cooley

April 8, 2022 at 4:14 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family . Sorry for your loss .


Jill Boettcher Barclay

April 8, 2022 at 6:59 pm

I have the BEST memories of “Nice Bob” as I called him. My first memory of him, however, was a little terrifying as Sherrie,Jerrie and I woke him up mid day after he’d worked a night shift.

He didn’t talk a lot for sure but when he did say something you better hope you were listening because it was bound to be funny!

His absolute pride and love for his family was beyond evident.

Rest easy Nice Bob.


Sue Browne

April 8, 2022 at 8:22 pm

Jeff, Jerrie, Sherrie, and Tim

My sincere condolances to all of you. I really got to know your father in the library when he brought your twins in Tim. What a guy and what a privilege to know him!

My love and prayers,

Sue Browne


Tom Dutton

April 8, 2022 at 9:11 pm

Sorry to here of Bobs passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Sarah ( from Vicinia )

April 9, 2022 at 1:30 pm

My deepest condolences to the family. It was a blessing and privilege to have known and care for Bob during his last days. He will definitely be missed!


Patti kohane

April 10, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Jeff and Mary, and the whole Powers clan,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate Bob and also feel the loss of a generation- with both parents being gone. Remember the good times and support he gave to you. Value your family and continue to make him proud. ..He was so proud of you all !


Patti & John Kohane


Karen Panse McNees

April 10, 2022 at 7:03 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss, sweet family! I remember your dad being at all of our track and cross-country races; always a calm, quiet supporter. Your parents raised amazing kids! You and all of their grandchildren are such a great part of their legacy! Lifting you up, Powers Family!


Judy Champion

April 10, 2022 at 11:32 pm

I’m praying for you all as you mourn the loss of your father, grandfather and brother. I hope that you can find comfort and joy in the knowledge that he is finally reunited with Brenda.


Kelly Bohl

April 11, 2022 at 12:30 pm

So sorry for all of you during this great loss. You are all wonderful people and we will be thinking of you and hoping your hearts start to heal


Sherry Hanson

April 11, 2022 at 5:31 pm

Marylou & Linda,

My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your brother. Prayers the memories will bring smiles .


Jean Ann Lok

April 18, 2022 at 1:24 pm

Marylou & Linda,

I desire to share my comfort and peace with you. I know you had a close bond with Bob. I still cherish fond memories with everyone on the farm in Otsego.

I pray that you will be comforted in sharing stories and laugh and cry. I will not be able to be there with you but I will be holding you up in comfort and love.


Char Forbes

April 19, 2022 at 9:25 am

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, yet joyful to know he and Brenda will be reunited forever! I know your family has so many fond memories to carry you through. I, too, recall many examples of the love and humor your family has shared. May you find comfort in knowing there are so many of us who are thankful to have known Bob and Brenda, and will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.


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