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Warren Fred ‘Bill’ Powers
Warren Fred ‘Bill’ Powers


Warren Fred “Bill” Powers, 90, died Oct. 20, 2017, in Ketchikan.

He was born April 3, 1927, in Seattle.

He attended schools in the Seattle and San Francisco areas while growing up but did not graduate from high school as he quit school to work and help support his family.

He was married on Nov. 14, 1957.

Mr. Powers resided in the Seattle and San Francisco areas until 1960, when he moved to Point Baker. In 2008, he moved to Ketchikan.

“Dad applied his ethic of hard work and innovation to a variety of trades throughout his life, including logger, pasta-maker, rope-maker, chef, electrician, carpet-layer, radioman and able-bodied seaman with both the U.S. Merchant Marines and the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, salmon troller, gillnetter, longliner, shipwreck salvage diver, millwright, gunsmith, jailer, carpenter, mechanic and more,” his family writes.

 “Dad’s skills were varied, but he particularly enjoyed gunsmithing work,” his family writes. “He also rebuilt radios, engines, housebuilding and carpentry, wired boats, vehicles and homes, tinkering with anything mechanical, loved to cook, enjoyed classical movies and musicals, and he loved his cats. He milled lumber and built cabins in the Pont Baker/Port Protection area where he lived and fished for nearly 50 years.

“Dad was a nondenominational Christian who loved God and shared his faith with others,” his family writes.

Mr. Powers was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Janette Edna Powers; mother, Ruth Gladys Quandt; father, John George “Jack” Jordeson; and sister, Edie Ceremello.

He is survived by his sons, Karl (Julie) Powers of Ketchikan, and Ron (Judy) Powers of California; daughter, Sandy Powers of Ketchikan; brother, John Warren Jordeson of California; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews in Alaska and California.

At his request, no services are planned.

Mr. Powers’ remains will be cremated, and his ashes will be spread with those of his wife at Point Baker at a later date.