Edward H. Powell


1923 – 2014

RUMFORD — Edward H. Powell, 91, died Friday, Dec. 26, at the Rumford Community Home in Rumford. He was formerly of Swett Avenue in Mexico.

He was born in Braintree, Mass., on March 9, 1923, a son of Thomas H. and Bertha (Drysdale) Powell, and graduated from Mexico High School, Class of 1940. Edward also served as a PFC in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1945, including tours in Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. He was very proud of the fact that he marched across Europe and never fired a shot.

He worked as a lab technician and retired after more than 40 years from Boise Cascade Paper Co., in Rumford. Edward was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mexico and was currently a member of the Peru United Baptist Church.

He was married in Mexico on Jan. 6, 1943, to F. Irene Shurtleff; she died in West Paris on Oct. 18, 2012.

Survivors include four daughters, Jean Oliveto and husband, Frank, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Patty Kaulback and husband, Victor, of Maple Ridge, Vancouver, Canada, Peggy Hunt and husband, Greg, of Hampden and Polly Laskey and husband, Sam, of Mexico; a son, Jeff Powell and wife, Joann, of Bradenton, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was predeceased by two children, Keith, and a baby daughter, Janet; brothers, Thomas and Wilbur; and a sister, Elizabeth.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at www.meaderandson.com.