Ivan R. Powers Jr., of Huntley, 86, formerly of Oak Park, died on Jan. 15, 2014. Born in Iowa on March 4, 1927 to Dr. Ivan Sr. and Dorthea (nee Herman), he was a proud member of the U.S. Navy, having enlisted as a medical corpsman. When his enlistment was up, he became a traveling medical equipment salesman. He was also an avid model ship builder and die-hard Green Bay Packers fan.
Van Powers is survived by his children, Barbara (Michael) Tramte, Douglas and Scott from his first marriage to Terri (nee Frank); his granddaughters, Jamie (Jon) Brassfield and Caitlin (Steve) Tramte; his great-grandchildren, Adah, McCartney, Zanna and Obidiah Brassfield; his niece, Mary Gallagher; his nephew, John McGovney; his great-niece, Christine (Alberto) Mendez; and his great-nephews, Michael (Melissa) Lennox Jr. and Matthew Gallagher. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Theodore; his first wife, Theresa; and his second wife, Mary Lou (nee Whitaker).
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Oak Park. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal House No-Kill Shelter, 13005 Ernesti Rd., Huntley 60142 and at www.animalhouseshelter.com, where Van adopted his beloved dog, Maverick.
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