Bill was born March 19, 1923, in Billings, to Alva A. Powell and Lila Rogers Powell. He was one of 10 children: Alva, Ellsworth, Ray, Percy, Harold, Clarice, Inez, Montana and Donna.
Bill graduated from Lovell High School in May of 1941. He was Senior Class President, and he excelled in sports and band.
In December of 1941, he joined the United States Army Air Corps and served in World War II as a photo recon pilot. He flew 70 missions in a P38 over Europe. He was discharged at the end of the War.
Bill married Lucy Robertson on March 22, 1945. They were married 66 years. To this union were born: Linda, Monte, John, Florence, Lila, Debra and Roger.
Bill and Lucy made their home in Lovell and owned and operated Bill Powell’s Clothing Store for 35 years.
He was active in the Lovell community, serving on the North Big Horn Hospital Board for 20 years, and helped develop Rose City West and the Georgia-Pacific plant, president of the Lovell Rod and Gun Club, lifelong member of the Lovell Chamber of Commerce, honorary lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years. From 1945 to 1977, he organized Memorial Day Services and military graveside services for area veterans.
He became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 31, 1967, and later served as first councilor to Bishop Keith Allred and then as bishop of the Lovell First Ward.
Bill is survived by his wife, Lucy; five daughters, Linda Dayley, Monte Laing, Florence Thomas, Lila May and Debra Archibald; and a son Roger; 35 grandchildren and 69 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, John; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Lovell LDS Stake Center. Viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Stake Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
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