Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Walter Powell III
Oct. 14, 1924 - April 2, 2012
Walter L. Powell III of College Place and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away April 2, 2012, at the Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla at the age of 87 years. Funeral services will be Friday, April 6, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church near Milton-Freewater with Pastor Kurt Van Bativa officiating with concluding services and interment in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center (Special Needs) through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mr. Powell was born Oct. 14, 1924, at the farm of his parents, Walter Powell II and Margaret Ida Warner, on Winesap Road, Milton-Freewater. He graduated from McLouglin Union High School and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and subsequently acquired a bachelor's degree in pharmacy at Oregon State University. In 1949 he returned to Milton-Freewater, where he was a longtime pharmacist and drugstore owner in the Walla Walla Valley. He was very civic-minded, being a member of many clubs and organizations, including the American Legion Post #24 and the M-F Area Chamber of Commerce where he had served as president. In 1960 he received the M-F Junior Citizen of the Year Award and in 1999 he received the Man of the Year Award from the Chamber of Commerce. He had also served as president of the Oregon State Pharmacy Association. Mr. Powell was very proud to be one of few Americans to have served on their local Campfire Board for more than 50 years.
He helped build the golf course in Milton-Freewater; he loved golf as well as fishing, hunting and camping. He also loved growing fruits and vegetables and pursued that interest his entire life at his farm on Couse Creek Road. Mr. Powell was a lifelong member of the Ingle Chapel Congregational Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Norma Ruth Monaghan in 2005; and a sister, Wauna Piper in 2009. He is survived by his wife of three years, Marian Parent at the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Walter L. Powell IV and Sue Greer of Condon, Ore.; daughters, Lori and Brad Kittredge of Vashon Island, Wash., Katherine Powell and partner Ann Wittkowsky of Seattle; two grandchildren, Sam Powell of Bend, Ore., Hattie Powell of Allen, S.D.; a grand-niece, Beth Lincoln; and grand-nephew, David Murray both of Milton-Freewater.