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James William Powles

July 30, 1947 May 11, 2020
James William Powles
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James William Powles, 72, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at Peaceful Acres in Howard City, Michigan, after a brief illness. He was born on July 30, 1947, in Twin Lake, Michigan, to Donald and Ella Mae (Seaman) Powles, who preceded him in death. James was employed by several railroad companies throughout his career until his retirement from Mid-Michigan Railroad in April 2007. In his retirement, he enjoyed going to the casino and loved fishing and spending time on his property on the Muskegon River. He is survived by his children: Terri McKean, Fremont; Donald Powles, Muskegon; Barbara Krause, Portage; Thomas Loomis Brutus, Michigan; and Kristina Jones, Grant; step-children: Elizabeth (Douglas) Schilhaneck, Fremont; and Daniel Lynch, Copper City, Florida; 14 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Barbara Powles, Grant; son-in-law Bill Hill, Holton; and his ex-wife, Mary (Kay) Powles, Cooper City, Florida. Sisters: Janice Lane and Maxine Ebert, and brothers: Martin Powles, Jack Powles, and Robert Powles preceded him in death. Following James’ wishes, cremation has taken place and there will not be a memorial service. Please share your memories of James online at

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