Powell, Duane

Written by David Green.

Duane Artennis Powell, 41, of Chesterfield Township, Ohio, died Sept. 5, 2011.

He was born Oct. 17, 1969, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Roy and Carolyn (Wotring) Powell. On Oct. 19, 2001, in Grand Rapids, Ohio, he married Sara Aubry and she survives.

Duane lived in Chesterfield Township since 2003.  He was a 1988 Morenci Area High School graduate and a member of the Morenci Bible Fellowship Church. He served as a volunteer firemen for 20 years for Morenci and Metamora, Ohio, and a volunteer for Fulton County Relay For Life for 10 years.  He was employed at IAC in Wauseon, Ohio, for 20 years.

In addition to his wife, Duane is survived by a daughter, Hanna; his mother, Carolyn Powell of Morenci; two sisters, Beth (and Ron) Black of Wauseon and Becky (and Burt) Powell of Hillsdale, Mich.; a brother, Kevin (and April) Powell of Morenci; mother-in-law, Marie Aubry; and father-in-law, David (and Marcia) Aubry; a niece, Katie Black; and nephews, Justin (and Jessica) Dickerson, Reggie Black, Payton Black and Raymond Powell.

Duane was preceded in death by his father and a daughter, Mattie, in 2010.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, at the Morenci Bible Fellowship Church (in the Baptist Church location on Sims Highway in Morenci) with Rev. James Yatzek officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.  Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church, with a firemen walk through at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 143, Memphis, TN 38148 in memory of his daughter, Mattie, or to the Morenci Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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