Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI


Shane Powers

December 14, 1966July 28, 2020

Shane Gay Powers passed away at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, MI on July 28th, 2020. Shane was born in Lansing, MI on December 14th, 1966, the son of Gay and Joyce Powers.

Shane graduated from Lansing Everett High School and continued his education at Lansing Community College where he received his Associates Degree in Human Services. Shane was Café Manager at Hillsdale and Albion College for Bon Appetit. His home away from home was at his kid’s soccer games. He was well known for acts of generosity and of his love of Michigan University.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Julie Lyn; daughter, Orion; son, Storm; his mother, Joyce; brothers, Brian and Robin;and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Preceding Shane in death was his father, Gay Powers.


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Windy Johnson

August 5, 2020

Shane took me to my first Pink Floyd concert. We had no idea our seats were going to be so amazing. As we were holding up our tickets walking down the aisles, the ushers kept sending us forward, our own version of Waynes World. We had an absolute blast. The concert was the best ever. By the time we left, we were friends with all around us, as was natural for Shane. I have nothing but good memories of Shane. I am so very sad to here of his passing. My condolence to all his family and friends.
Windy Johnson

Lora Pratt

August 4, 2020

Thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Josiah Leinbach

August 2, 2020

As a Hillsdale student who ate almost every meal on campus in the dining hall, I interacted with Mr. Powers on many occasions. He regularly made his way around to students' tables and asked how they enjoyed the food. That was expected. That was his job. However, he also asked us about our day, our classes, our hobbies, our plans for the weekend. That was not expected, because not many people in this world go beyond the level of personal interaction required by their job description. Mr. Powers was one of the rare people who did. To him, we were more than just students in the dining hall, the means to a paycheck. We were fellow human beings, and for Mr. Powers' caring nature, the student community at Hillsdale College was made all the richer.

Jonathan Burton

August 2, 2020

I only had the sincere privilege of knowing Shane Powers for two years’ time, but I am grateful the sweet memories from our brief friendship with endure much longer. As a student at Hillsdale College, I had the pleasure of interacting with him on campus and primarily in the cafeteria, although I am certain his kindness and love for others extends beyond his work environment.

I would like to share a memory of his thoughtfulness and charity during a particular time of need in my life. When I had surgery and needed crutches for numerous weeks, I struggled to carry my own food and drink to a cafeteria table. The first day I crutched in, Shane immediately came over and insisted on aiding me. For those couple weeks, he greeted me at the door for every lunch and dinner, armed with a cups and an empty plate, and ready to wait in line with me for food while sharing conversation and a joke or two. His steady presence comforted me and offered great emotional support. I am sure this kindness comes to no surprise to those who knew him, and the surrounding memories attest to that fact.

I am grateful for a number of things in my life, and knowing Shane Powers is of those things I hold dear. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and anyone else who got to experience life with this good man. Rest easy, friend. I’m praying for you and those who have been impacted by your life.

Teri Martin

August 2, 2020

Shane was such a kind and light hearted gentleman. I will never forget our Tuesday night dinner in the cafeteria where a group of my teaching assistance and myself would get him to laugh at us. Either taking tins of tea and hiding them or just having fun talking to him. You will never be forgotten big guy. I am sure there is a tin of tea waiting for you in heaven..

Danielle Lee

August 2, 2020

I worked with Shane and his love for the students really showed. He cared so deeply for them and always wanted them to have the best experience eating their meals. His actions towards making the dining hall a better experience showed his love and care. He will always be remembered and loved, I'll never forget him and his kind heart.

Hillsdale Student

August 2, 2020

I had the pleasure of interacting with Shane during his time at Hillsdale and I felt like I had to leave a memory because he undoubtedly went above and beyond the requirements of his job. He was always incredibly kind and sweet to the students who passed through his dining hall. He constantly had a joke to tell or a day to brighten. I hope and pray that the family is doing okay; we certainly will miss him here at Hillsdale. Many prayers and a lot of love for the Powers family.

Hillsdale Student

August 2, 2020

Shane was a great blessing and encouragement to us students. I remember him biking around campus with a hot chocolate cart during harsh winter nights to lift our spirits. Many times he asked me how I was doing and gave me the eye until I answered honestly and left smiling. Everything Shane did was clearly motivated by his love and concern for others. He will be deeply missed. We are praying for his family.

john greenslit

August 2, 2020

Powers Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of Shane, In his role as a member of the Eaton County Parks Commission, he brought to our attention the perspective of a Dad, husband and community advocate for health and wellness services to meet the needs all of our citizens with the public.
He represented Eaton Rapids, Eaton County and our Agency with dignity, class, good humor and dedication. His energy was contagious, and second only for his love for his family. We enjoyed the not so subtle bantoring over Blue and Green colors, usually declaring admission that the healthy rivalry refected on the quality of both programs. I will miss him, too.
John Greenslit, retired. Eaton County Parks Director.

Annette Nelson

August 2, 2020

Shane was a great person. He loved his family so much. Especially his kids.
He loved his work and always doing something for the students, didn't matter if it was raining, snowing or hot as hell outside, he was always there for them. You will be missed.
Prayers and condolences to his wife and kids and family. Rest in peace Shane. Still can't believe your really gone. ❤


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