Ross Howard Powell

Jan 24, 1946 – Dec 16, 2014

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Ross Howard Powell passed on December 16th at his home in Des Moines, WA with his son, Rex and his long time girlfriend, Karel by his side. He was 68. Ross was born in Burien, on January 24th, 1946 to Ross and Marie Powell and was the oldest of his siblings, Laberta, Bert and David. He attended Highline High School and graduated with the Class of 1964. He married his companion Judy Van Fleet on July 10th, 1971 and had their two sons, Dax and Rex. Ross made his career at Safeway Beverage Plant and enjoyed slot machines, golf and hot rods. Ross is preceded in death by his wife, Judy, of 36 years. He is survived by his sons, Dax and Rex, and his long time girlfriend, Karel Leisure. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday January 24th from 2-5pm at Des Moines Activity Center 2045 S. 216th Street Des Moines WA 98198. Please sign the guest book below.


Williams Family
Waterford, MI
Mar 13, 2015

Condolences to the Powell family. May Jehovah the "God of Comfort" bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4). Your family are in our prayers.

Ron Karjala
Federal Way, WA
Jan 24, 2015

Rest in piece Ross. We hit it off from the first time we met. Judi was a good friend too. She was my "go to" person at Highline Mental Health when I was an AT&T tech. Ross, I have a permanent memory of you in my front & back yards with the curbing you installed many years ago. You will be truly missed.

Dennis & Lois Raske
Snohomish, Wa
Jan 24, 2015

Ross was a great guy, he will be missed by all who knew him!

Edin Hadzic
Des Moines, WA
Jan 22, 2015

We begin to remember not just that you died,but that you lived.And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.This life is but one step in a much greater journey.With deepest sympathy

shari glos (nix)
puyallup, wa
Jan 9, 2015

Ross you are back with the love of your life. I want to thank you for letting me baby sit your two boys and letting me be called their auntie. Thank you for the unlimited amount of cragmont soda. Every flavor. The frozen twinkled yum. Hug judi my mom and dad.

Carol Ann Keogh
Malaga, Wa
Jan 2, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Love, Carol

Margaret Ella Keogh
Malaga, Wa
Jan 2, 2015

Thoughts and prayers are with all of you, Love, Auntie Margaret

Wilma Mcintyre
Tacoma, WA
Jan 1, 2015

Our thought and prey go out to the family. Uncle Ed and Dorothy send there preys .

Torry Montgomery
Des Moines , Wa
Jan 1, 2015

Here's one I still LAUGH about and will NEVER forget ....

My stepdad (Ross) and my mom (Karel) had just got this puppy (Henry) who was about 2-3 months at the time and Dad (Ross) had just found out he had the Cancer again. Like normal I would come home from work and sit in moms chair and talk a min about the stock market and such then I'd got change grime my Monkey Suit, well that day wasn't any different only got home sat in the chair and was talking when Henry starting biting. So I got up to punish Henry when Dad (Ross) shouted real loud ( I kid you not) " Kick him in the balls!!!" Believe you,me he really did mean it!!!

Dennis and Esther ogrady
auburn, wa
Dec 30, 2014

our prayer to the family. I was 10 when Ross was born. I baby set a lot of the time for him and my sister earlene who born in April of the same year.

Virginia Lawrence
auburn, wa
Dec 30, 2014

Was glad to see Ross at the family picnic last summer.

Dene & Earlene Leach
Kent, WA
Dec 30, 2014

Our prayers to all. He was like a brother we never had instead of a nephew.

Susan and David Brueske
Auburn, WA
Dec 30, 2014

Prayers to the family. Ross was more like a brother instead of a nephew.

Auntie Marji
Colmesneil, Tx
Dec 30, 2014

Sending love and prayers of comfort to both of you. Your Dad was a great and loving person.

Cheryl and Vince Pickering
Kennewick, WA
Dec 29, 2014

Wish you could have won this battle Uncle Ross.I am very thankful for the time I got to spend with you. You will always be part of our hearts and will be deeply missed. Our love and prayers to Karel, Rex, Dax and their families.

Love Cheryl & Vince

Lorraine and Guy
Lake Forest Park, WA
Dec 29, 2014

God saw you were getting tired

and a cure was not to be.

So He put His arms around you

and whispered--come with Me.

With tearful eyes we watched you

suffer and saw you fading away.

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,

Working hands were put to rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

So sorry you were taken at a young age, we will miss you! We enjoyed some good laughs.

Love, Guy & Lorraine

Elijah Mester
Portland , OR
Dec 29, 2014

Ross, you have taught me so much and I couldn't thank you enough. You were always here to talk to me if something was wrong. I love you


Gary & Thanne Summerson
Vancouver,, Wa
Dec 29, 2014

You have left us way too soon. We have many memories.

You gave it a good fight. I will always remember our last

conversation at our 50th reunion. Our love ,friendship and sympathy to Karel and all the family.

Gary & Thanne

Dec 29, 2014

Were going to miss. Rest in peace.

Alex Alva
Des Moines, WA
Dec 29, 2014

Ross was a great guy and everyone in out little town knew that. I'd be honored to attend his celebration of life.

Ed Perez
Kent, Wa
Dec 29, 2014

Love you Ross. I didn't personally get to tell you that I swore into the Marine Corps and I'm always going to regret that. I know you'll be watching over me through boot camp. Thank you for all your wisdom, Ross. All the advice you gave me over the years I'll carry for the rest of my life. Thanks for the good times. Rest easy, Butch.

Buffy Powell
San Lorenzo, Ca
Dec 29, 2014

Will always love you and miss you even more. Rest in peace Uncle Ross.

Love Buff

Kellee Franks
Puyallup , WA
Dec 29, 2014

Rest in peace Uncle Ross. Love you

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