Gary R. Powell

November 30, 1940 ~ February 24, 2018 (age 77)


Gary R. Powell, 77, of Bristol, passed away Saturday Feb. 24, 2018 at The Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen.

He was born Nov. 30, 1940 in Logansport, IN to Russell and Marjorie (Slifer) Powell. He married Linda Crawford in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Bristol; 2 Daughters: Doreen Staines of Elkhart and Shelly (Mark) Glassburn of Peru, IN; 3 Step-Sons: Eric Kee of Fraser, CO, Rick Julian of Goshen, IN and David (Janet) Julian of Greenville, OH, a Step-Daughter, Linda (Gary) Wood of Cumberland, WI; Grandchildren: Justin and Amber Cripe, Felicia Morgan, Kayla Glassburn, Asa and Ezra Kee. 5 Great-Grandchildren also survive, as well as his father, Russell Powell, of Goshen, and 2 sisters: Sue Morrison of Goshen and Kathy (John) Gustafson of Akron, OH.

Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie.

Gary was the owner of Interstate Coin Exchange in Bristol for 34 years and he was a retired Reserve Police Officer with the Bristol Police Department. He was Bristol’s Citizen of the Year in 2013. Gary enjoyed collecting matchbox cars and advertising pens. His favorite family activity was hosting his weekly Thursday night family dinner.

Gary was a member of the Indiana State Numismatic Association, the Central State Numismatic Association and the ANA. He was a Past President of the Indiana State Numismatic Association and was currently the Sargent at Arms.

Visitation will be on Thursday March 1 from 4-8 PM at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, where the service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Bristol.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Bristol Police Dept. Reserves.

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Police Officers Prayer
When I start my tour of duty God, Wherever crime may be,
as I walk the darkened streets alone, let me be close to thee.
Please give me understanding with both the young and old,
Let me listen with attention until their story's told.
Let me never make a judgment in a rash or callous way,
but let me hold my patience let each man have his say.
Lord if some dark and dreary night, I must give my life,
Lord, with your everlasting love protect my children and my wife.

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