|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1888|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 1961|
Lewis Lawrence "Dick" Powell was born on 26 March 1888 in Hyde Park (now part of Chicago), Illinois, to Lewis Badollet Powell and his wife, Mary Adeline Badollet. His parents were first cousins. Dick's father worked for Railway Mail Services and his mother was a teacher and a school principal.
According to his daughter, Dick "won a medal for track in Cook County. He loved music of all kinds, especially opera, and was fond of dancing, and singing with his two brothers. He was also an omnivorous reader, but relished Civil War history; he was probably an amateur expert on the subject. He also loved the game of chess.
"He went to Armour Institute (now merged with Illinois Institute of Technology) for two years, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1912 in Civil Engineering. Most of his professional career was at Standard Oil Company (later to be Amoco, the BPAmoco) at Whiting, Indiana.
"And he had a great interest in language, particularly words that were new to him. To misspell a word to him was tantamount to a capital offense!
"He was an independent thinker, and chose for friends people of all backgrounds. He was truly a person without prejudice. He was generous to a fault. This was an unusual man, and one who passed along his interests and enthusiasms to his children."
Dick married Mida Lucille Prince, 1 January 1916. She worked as a school teacher before she was wed. They had at least two children, including Mary Charlotte and Dr. Chester B. Powell.
Dick Powell died, 9 November 1961 (the same day his father died in 1933), aged 73, in South Holland, Illinois, and was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.
Mary Adeline Badollet Powell (1856 - 1920)
Mida Lucille Prince Powell (1892 - 1997)*
Oak Woods Cemetery
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Record added: Jun 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70701758
My Grandfather who told me wonderful stories of Chicago of old. He is so proud to be resting with so many Civil War veterans.|
Added: Jan. 13, 2015
My Mother's father. I remember him well. Love.|
Added: Mar. 18, 2012
Rest in Peace, Dear Cousin|
Added: Jun. 1, 2011