Ralph M. "Monty" Powers Jr.
November 16, 1923 - July 9, 2018
Ralph Monroe "Monty" Powers Jr., age 94, of Jonesville, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018 surrounded by his family at Masonville Place Assisted Living in Coldwater. He was born November 16, 1923 in Jonesville to Ralph and Marjorie (Dingfelder) Powers. Monty married Eleanor "Betty" Bean in 1947 and she preceded him in death in 1989. He later married Margaret Johnson Coon on December 1, 1990 and she survives.
Monty graduated from Jonesville High School and he received a Bachelor's Degree from Albion College and a Master's Degree from University of Michigan. He proudly served his country as a P-38 Lightning pilot in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII. Together with his family, Monty co-owned and operated Powers Clothing in Jonesville for 45 years until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church and he also attended College Baptist Church with his wife, Margaret. Monty was a volunteer fireman for the Jonesville Fire Department for 53 years, Boy Scout Master for 20 years, Jonesville District Library volunteer and Hillsdale County Red Cross chairman for many years. He enjoyed all aspects of photography and collecting Jonesville and Hillsdale County history.
In addition to his wife, Margaret Powers, Monty is survived by five children, Ruth Powers of Austin, Texas, Paul (Christina) Powers of Allen, Ron (Mary) Coon of Traverse City, Charles Coon of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Robin (John) Gissal of South Haven; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Dr. Ward (Lauren) Powers of Naples, Florida and John (Karin) Powers of Seattle, Washington.
Monty was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty; daughter, Mary Powers; sister, Mary Alice Pope and two brothers, Harlow and Donald Powers.
A celebration of life for Ralph "Monty" Powers will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Jonesville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Lynne McQuown officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Sunset View Cemetery in Jonesville The family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday from 5-8 P.M. at Eagle Funeral Home in Jonesville and on Friday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of service at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Hillsdale County, Jonesville District Library or Jonesville First Presbyterian Church.