IMPERIAL -- Johnnie Forrest Power, 83, died Monday (Sept. 8, 2003) at Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial.
He was born Aug. 19, 1920, to William and Olive "Ollie" (Miller) Power in Cozad. He attended school in Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School in 1939.
On June 22, 1941, he married Lillian Lorena Bryant in Phillipsburg, Kan. He joined the Army in Aug. 1942. He served during World War II in Normandy, France and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 29, 1945. He was a baker by trade and had bakeries in Pender, Parkston, S.D., Gothenburg, McCook and Sterling, Colo.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a 50 year member of the McCook AF and AM Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his paretns; one sister, Maxine Ackerman and one brother, Donald Power.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian of Imperial; three sons, Gary Power and wife, Lory of McCook, Jon Power and wife, Martha Jane of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Joel Power and wife, Gena of Blue Springs, Mo.; two daughters, Marcia Shalla and husband, Wendell of Grant and Alexis Gillen and husband, Clarence of McCook; sister, Elva Williams of Cozad; and 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services are Thursday, 10 a.m. (MST), at the United Methodist Church of Imperial with Murray Schmechel officiating. Interment is at 1:30 p.m., (MST) at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell.
Visitation is Wednesday, 2-6 p.m., at Liewer Funeral Home of Imperial.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.a