Friday, December 2, 2016

Michael Wayne Powers - Olive Branch

TILTON – Michael "Mike" Wayne Powers, 67, of Tilton passed away at 2:59 p.m. Monday (Nov. 28, 2016) at his home in Tilton.
Michael was born Sept. 19, 1949, in Danville, the son of H. Wayne and Anna L. (Holycross) Powers. He married LuAnn Spencer on April 19, 1975, in Tilton.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, LuAnn, of Tilton; his son, Shawn (Erin) Powers of Washington, Ill.; and his two grandsons, Nathan and Logan Powers of Washington, Ill.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael retired after 31 years of service with Illinois Power/Ameren as an electrical engineer and locator. He enjoyed the outdoors and woodworking and was very fond of his cats.
Mike had a passion for baseball and hockey, especially the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Blackhawk. As a youth, through his time at Danville Junior College, Mike" was a catcher for a variety of baseball teams over the years. As for hockey, he and his wife housed many players over the years for the Danville Wings hockey teams. Mike was also known for his abilities as a chef, most notably for his chili and his mac and cheese, and even cooked at Hawthorn Inn for a short while.
Mike was a member of Olive Branch Masonic Lodge No. 38 in Danville as well as the Scottish Rite. He also was a multiple Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star Iris Chapter No. 307.
Masonic rites will be conducted by Olive Branch Masonic Lodge No. 38 at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Order of the Eastern Star rites by Iris Chapter No. 307 will follow immediately. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Entombment will be held privately in Sunset Memorial Park on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
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