~Obituary written by daughter, Tamara~
James Powers, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, was called home by the Lord on February 27, 2020, at 85 years of age. My dad loved God, his family and this country. He served this great country for 30 years in the Army, showing and sharing his patriotic pride. He was truly an Irish-Scot, stubborn, hardworking and a great storyteller, not afraid to speak his mind.
My parents met in Colorado Springs 63 years ago and came back to Colorado when they retired to live the dream. They loved exploring in their Jeep, off-roading and seeing the sites with their German Shepherds. They were so adventurous, tooling around the countryside, just taking any trail. Mom watched the road and read the maps while dad drove. Once they decided to take a road less traveled and ended up in a restricted part of a base, surrounded by military police. My father ended up sharing stories and was escorted out of the area. Mom said “we were lucky, must be that Irish”. Another time dad was riding along the frontage road along I-25 and instead of waiting for a legal way to get on the interstate, he just crossed over the embankment, right in front of a police officer. The officer flipped on his lights and my mom was very upset, but the officer was laughing so hard. My dad told the officer, “sorry, I didn’t see you and wanted to get off the frontage road so I wouldn’t get lost”. My mom thought they were going to get a ticket, but the officer stated he had never encountered something so funny. He gave them a warning and thanked my dad for the laugh, telling him to be careful. Once again, the luck of the Irish. My dad had a wonderful, contagious smile and laugh that invited people into happiness. He spoke his mind, shared his opinion and was direct with people. You knew how he felt about you, good or bad - a spirit of harsh honesty.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Victoria and Preston; all his brothers and sisters, Joanne, Rossie, Leo, Margie, Mildred, Maggie, Aubrey Lee, Josh and Stewart. His son Craig was called home in 2004 and waiting for him in Heaven. He is survived by his loving wife, Adrianne; daughter, Tamara; three lovely granddaughters, Nicole, Melissa, Brittany and one great-grandson, Jacob Craig, who he never got to meet.
Memorial service, 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 7, Christian Family Fellowship in Canon City. All are welcome to attend and celebrate his life, but with Covid restrictions, please call the church office at 719-275-1074 or notify Tamara at 719-429-6467 via call or text if you plan to attend. Graveside service, 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, Pikes Peak National Cemetery, 10545 Drennan Road, in Colorado Springs with restrictions, again, please notify Tamara. Cards and online condolences are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Christian Family Fellowship Church, 1011 Monroe Avenue, Canon City, CO 81212 or to the McCandless Benefits Fund, 903 Moore Drive, Florence, CO, 81226, in memory of James M. Powers.
Till we meet again, and our family will be whole once again.
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