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Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI

OBITUARY

Buddy L. Powell

June 10, 1933May 20, 2020

Bud died peacefully at home on May 20, 2020. He was born June 10, 1933 to Bernie and Charlotte Viola (Bushor) Powell. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 40 years, Allene Powell, his brothers, Monroe Powell, Fred Powell and Don Powell, stepson, James (Dude) Harrigan. He is survived by a son, Steven (Jackie) Powell of Bellaire, five daughters, Kerri (Gary) Hamilton, Terri (Howie) Andresen, Debra Strang (Jim), Cindy (Eric) Christiansen of Kingsley, and Robin Kennedy of Honor. Two stepsons, Ron Harrigan of Kingsley, Bruce (Mai) Harrigan of Texas; two stepdaughters, Barbara (Ron) Prentice and Ruth Leaym of Kingsley. A brother, Paul Powell of Las Vegas, Nevada and a sister, Carrol (Ed) Carter of Baxter, Tennessee. Eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Bud worked at the Traverse City State Hospital for 30 years. He drove school bus for TCAPS for 23 years. He drove tour bus for 20 years. He never had an accident or put a scratch on a bus he was driving. In 1950, he played on the first six-man football team. In 1951, he was captain of the basketball team. He played on a class B softball league. He umpired at Walt Warren Field. He was on a State Hospital Bowling league. In 1975, his team won the championship. His family would like to thank Deb Curtis and the entire Hospice staff. Also, they would like to thank his doctor, Dr. Angela Pohl and Jodi. Bud has been cremated and will be inurned during a private gathering at Memorial Gardens in Traverse City. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City.

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Andre Agruda

May 23, 2020

My condolences to the family. I have many good memories with Bud over 40 plus years and learned what an energetic person he was while working at the State Hospital. Very organized, he strived for excellence and took great pride in anything he had a hand in. He never had a problem expressing his opinions and I've always appreciated his honesty, frankness and humor. He taught me a lot and we’ve shared many laughs over the years. he will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in peace my friend

Zack Hamilton

May 23, 2020

Grandpa bud was the nicest man I know. Kayden and I loved him dearly and appreciate everything he did for us. Grandpa bud would give his last dollar to make sure someone was happy. He used to tell Kayden and I funny jokes, show us cool card tricks etc.... I have so many memories of him now and forever.... memories are what make Kayden and I happy not materialistic stuff. I’m just glad to say he was my grandpa and I miss him dearly love Kayden and Zack

Dorothy Grant

May 23, 2020

I remember playing baseball many times with your Dad in the field behind our houses on Rose Court. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Hugs, Dorothy (Fleis) Grant

Judi Vargo

May 23, 2020

I never really met Mr. Powell....but knowing his family since 1978, his grandchildren, etc.
So sorry for your loss....
Prayers 🙏🙏🙏sent for all those left behind

Patrick Andresen

May 23, 2020

I hadn’t seen Grandpa Bud for a couple years, since Christmas at least. I went to get on our tour bus to go to a football game and there he was sitting in the drivers seat. We stepped outside and chatted for a bit. When we stopped for lunch he sat down with some of my buddies and I and told stories about football when he was young in his gruff no nonsense voice, but he mixed in some great subtle humor, we had a laugh and then he bought us all lunch. It was an all around good trip. Rest In Peace.

Kerri Hamilton

May 22, 2020

My dad would make sure his Dolly had flowers on her grave every season. I promised him I would do it when he was gone. He always wore these silly yellow boots that will make me smile every time I put flowers on their graves.

Holly White

May 22, 2020

Dear Grandpa,
You’ll be dearly missed. So many fond memories that it’s hard to share them all. Holidays won’t be the same without you there to watch the sports with or to eat the pies you’d bring. The times we’d go to celebrate everyone’s birthday at Pizza Hut and you’d be the first one there so you could pay for the cookies. Also the times we’d eat breakfast at the Eagles. You loved to be a prankster, I’ll remember the ketchup bottles that would blow out red strings and your laugh. Goodbye Grandpa, you are no longer in pain.......love you!

Kerri Hamilton

May 22, 2020

My dad and a couple of his friends decided to participate in a fashion show the women were putting on. He is the one in the middle.

Kerri Hamilton

May 22, 2020

My dad was really handsome when he was younger

Kerri Powell/Hamilton

May 22, 2020

My family would celebrate birthdays at Pizza Hut. We always included my dad. He loved the Supreme Pan Pizza. He also liked the warm chocolate chip cookies so much he would get there early and pay for five of them so there was enough for everyone to have some.

FROM THE FAMILY

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