Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 

 

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Merton E. Powell 
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 - 8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home and Saturday prior to the service from 10 - 11 am at the church 
Service: 11:00 am Saturday, Sept. 16, at Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline, NE

Cemetery: Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens
Memorials: Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St., SE, Suite 300; Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Merton E. Powell, aged 92, of Caledonia formerly of Big Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. Mert was born Oct. 21, 1924 in Topeka, Kansas. Mert served in The US Navy in the V-5 pilot program during WWII. He received his BS degree in business from the University of Missouri, MS degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his PhD from the University of Montana. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity while he was at the University of Missouri. Mert was a professor of business at Otero Junior College, University of Wyoming, Kansas State University, Ferris State University, Central Michigan University, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, hiking, sports, and outdoor activities. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Phyllis; sons, Todd (Karen) Powell, Douglas (Carolyn) Powell; grandchildren, Megan, Matthew, Michele, Olivia, Leah, Mia, Jackson; brother, Crosby Powell; and niece, Crosleen. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am Saturday, Sept. 16, at Calvary Church, 707 East Beltline, NE with Pastor Joshua Mateer officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mert may be made to Faith Hospice. The family will greet visitors on Friday from 6-8 pm at Stroo Funeral Home and Saturday prior to the service from 10 - 11 am at the church.
                           STROO FUNERAL HOME
                             1095 68th Street, SE
                          Grand Rapids, MI 49508

 

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