OBITUARY

Jerry L Powers

December 17, 1945October 7, 2021

Jerry LeeRoy Powers, 75, of Eaton, passed away at home after a very short illness on October 7, 2021. Jerry was born December 17, 1945 at Denver’s St. Anthony’s Hospital, the third of four children, to John and Phyllis (Farrell) Powers. Jerry joined his siblings Joanne and Jim, and later, Jeff completed the family. Jerry grew up in Central City and attended school there. Upon graduation, he married his high school sweetheart, Wally Creath. They had two daughters together, Lori Powers and Karin Cromwell. In 1994, Jerry met and married his wife of 27 years, Jo Powers, and embraced her children as his own. Immediately after high school, Jerry enrolled at CSU and obtained his B.S. in Biology in 1966. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UNC. Jerry initially worked as a Quality Control Chemist for Frontier Refinery in Cheyenne and then at Western Research Laboratories in Denver. Jerry later returned to the Powers’ family roots, ultimately focusing most of his career in the mining industry. He joined the Colorado Bureau of Mines as an inspector, and he began working for Cotter Corporation in Canon City at the Uranium Mill. That led him back to Denver at Cotter’s Corporate Headquarters as their Health and Safety Director. When Cotter closed, he combined his passion of teaching others with his mining health and safety work and opened his own consulting firm— PC Group. Most recently, he worked at the Colorado School of Mines, teaching classes in Mining Health and Safety, in addition to his consulting work, where received high praise and respect from his colleagues and students. Jerry was always there to support others in times of life altering illness and accepting of life changing events. He never missed an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends at birthday parties, weddings, and holidays. Jerry was passionate about taking care of the children in his life. He made every child’s life he touched better, richer, and happier by being with them. He was their rock. Jerry gave so much to each of these children, all of whom will treasure the countless memories spent on adventures, vacations, family holidays, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, Christmas tree gathering, and attending Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and CSU Rams sporting events with him, that the legacy of his passionate giving spirit will be carried on through them: daughters Lori (Peter) Powers and Karin (Dave) Cromwell; stepchildren Paul (Janan) Maes, Pegi (Matt) Hansen, Travis (Tracy) Fitzgerald, Kally (Nico) D’Alessandro, and Kristin Thomas; grandchildren Christopher (Abby), Heather (Buddy), Kailey, Austin, Alyssa, Antonio, Vincent, Skyler, Kendall, and Owen; great-grandchildren Haze, Heaven, and Halo; nieces and nephews Penny (Ron), Kelly, John, Jim (Heidi) Powers Jr., Amanda (Todd), and Craig (Kailyn); great nieces and nephews Brittany (Rich), Brandy (Sam), Haley, Hayden, Hunter, Berkleigh, Maverick, Adriana, Teagan, and Brycen; and great-great niece Reagynn.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents John and Phyllis Powers, his sister Joanne (Tom) Davis, nephew Michael Smith, brother-in-law Wayne Smith and stepdaughter Maxine Benkowski. He is survived by his wife, Jo Powers, brothers Jim (Cindy) Powers and Jeff (Mary) Powers, daughters Lori Powers and Karin Cromwell, step children Paul Maes, Pegi Hansen, Travis Fitzgerald, Kally D’Alessandro and Kristin Thomas as well as the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren named above.

Jerry’s service will be held Saturday October 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Allnutt Funeral and Cremation at 6521 w. 20th St. Greeley. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help cover the costs of medical bills and funeral expenses at https://gofund.me/79332839.

Services

30 October

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel

6521 W. 20th Street
Greeley, Colorado 80634

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Harvey and Betty Haagenstad

October 13, 2021

To Jeff and Jim and families.

Betty and I are shocked and painfully sorry at the news of the loss of your brother Jerry. We just don't understand, sometimes, why such things happen. I always just accepted that he would be around for a long time yet. Our prayers and condolences are sent to you's.

So very sorry for your loss.

Harvey and Betty Haagenstad
hjhnbjh@gmail.com
505-583-2365

Harvey and Betty Haagenstad

October 13, 2021

Jo, there are no words that can ease the pain you and your family are experiencing. Betty and I send you all our love and condolences in this untimely end to Jerry's life.

Jerry and I grew up together. At times we were like brothers. My mother would often look after Jerry while his mother would go to work. This would be the case during our preteen years. As we got older and started high school, we kinda went our different directions in life. However, always stayed good friends. This was true of all of our graduating class of 1962. We weren't many, but, were are still close to this day. I know we will all miss Jerry. Thank GOD we have so many wonderful memories of Jerry to help us all heal from this sad loss of a wonderfully good human, grandfather, father, brother, and friend.

!!Via con Dios mi amigo y hermano!!

With all our love,
Harvey and Betty Haagenstad

Donda Gorton

October 11, 2021

Growing up joined at the hips with Karin, there are not many memories without Jerry. He and dad always had jokes to play on us girls, and never let us rest. His laughter was contagious and his smile warmed you from the toes up. Jerry was always a joy to be around, even when we got in a little mischeif as we grew up. He will be remembered fondly and I smile knowing her and dad are up there planning their next trip together!

Cathy Kuhlmann

October 10, 2021

I hadn't known jerry a long time but the first time I met him I felt we'd known each other for years. Such a great guy.
My boyfriend was one of Jerry's classmates in central city Colo. There were very few in the graduating class but they always stayed in touch with each other & had a class reunion every 5 years.
I am saddened we have lost a great man. May he rest in peace in heaven.

Steve Landau

October 8, 2021

I remember Jerry over about 25 years while we worked together at Cotter Corp. He was a good and decent man and I am truly saddened by his Passing. We played golf from time to time as a group, it was fun watching him beat us soundly.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY