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Gary R. Powell, 77, Bristol, passed away Saturday Feb. 24, at The Maples at Waterford Crossing, Goshen.
He was born Nov. 30, 1940, in Logansport, to Russell and Marjorie (Slifer) Powell.
He married Linda Crawford in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Linda, Bristol; two daughters, Doreen Staines, Elkhart, and Shelly (Mark) Glassburn, Peru; three stepsons, Eric Kee, Fraser, Colorado, Rick Julian, Goshen, and David (Janet) Julian, Greenville, Ohio; stepdaughter, Linda (Gary) Wood, Cumberland, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Justin and Amber Cripe, Felicia Morgan, Kayla Glassburn, Asa and Ezra Kee; five great-grandchildren; his father, Russell Powell, Goshen; and two sisters, Sue Morrison, Goshen and Kathy (John) Gustafson, Akron, Ohio.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie.
Gary was the owner of Interstate Coin Exchange in Bristol for 34 years and he was a retired reserve police officer with the Bristol Police Department. He was Bristol's Citizen of the Year in 2013.
Gary enjoyed collecting Matchbox cars and advertising pens. His favorite family activity was hosting his weekly Thursday night family dinner.
Gary was a member of the Indiana State Numismatic Association, the Central State Numismatic Association and the ANA. He was a past president of the Indiana State Numismatic Association and was currently sergeant at arms.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, where the service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, with Police Chaplain Pastor Gary Sheets officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Bristol.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Bristol Police Department Reserves.
Online condolences may be sent to www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.
Published on February 26, 2018
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