BENKELMAN -- Glen Burdette Powell, 75, died Friday (May 22, 2009) at his home in Benkelman.
He was born Feb. 23, 1934, in Holyoke, Colo., to William J. and Marie (Jorgensen) Powell, Sr. He grew up in the Yuma area and graduated from Yuma Union High School in 1953.
In November of 1959, he married Betty Hansen and adopted her two sons, Joe and Mike. A son, John, was born in 1961, and later they adopted a daughter, Sonja. He worked various jobs. He was a truck driver while living in Greeley, Colo., and owned a welding shop while in Akron, Colo. While living in Yuma, he farmed and operated a dairy. He later moved to Atwood, where he was owner/operator of a milk delivery truck operation where he supplied product to a local cheese factory.
In 1978, he made his home in the Benkelman area where he worked as a manager and foreman for the Stroud Cattle Ranch. He and his wife divorced in 1987, and he continued to operate the Stroud Ranch.
He married Marlene J. Anderson-Kennell in October of 1989. With the sale of Stroud Ranch in 1991, they made their home in Capitan, N.M. In 1996, they moved back to Marlene's farm in Iowa where they resided for four years.
Upon retirement, they settled back into the Benkelman community. He went back to driving truck and worked for Lee Ohrman until Lee's retirement. He started a truck driving job with SLK for Steve Krug. He was actively driving truck until his health forced him to stop in January of 2009.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Marie Powell Sr.; son, Mike Powell; and brothers, William Powell, Jr. and Kenneth W. Powell.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene of Benkelman; sons, Joe Powell of Cheyenne, Wyo., John Powell and wife, Judy of Ketchum, Okla.; daughter, Sonja Thompson and husband, Richard of McCook; step-sons, Robert Kennell and wife, Barbara of Hamburg, Iowa and Larry Kennell and wife, Lisa of Omaha; step-daughters, Peggy Sue Welchans and husband, Kenny of Hamburg, Iowa and Sherry Hartman and husband, Mark, of Apex, N.C.; brother, Howard Powell and wife, Dorothy of Sun City, Ariz.; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial services will be Friday at 2 p.m. (MST) at Forch Funeral Chapel in Benkelman with the Rev. George Matthews officiating. Services will conclude at the chapel. The family will gather at a later date for an inurnment at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City.
There will be no visitation or viewing.
It is suggested that memorials be given his name to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman.