Russell Harold “Russ” Powell Sr.

April 12, 1942 ‒ February 02, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio


MANSFIELD: Family first! This is the best way to describe how Russ functioned. Doing anything for his family, he would do all the small things, not wanting recognition, with a smile on his face. He will be remembered as a true supporter who loved others.

Russell Harold “Russ” Powell Sr. went to be with the Lord Thursday morning, February 2, 2017 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital. He was 74.

He was born April 12, 1942 in Mountain City, Tennessee to parents James & Hazel (Icenhour) Powell. He graduated from Ashland High School with the class of 1961.

A beautiful young lady named DeLee Baker caught his eye and the pair soon married on November 24, 1977.

Russ worked at F.E. Myers as the Assistant Manager of Engineering for over 20 years. He also worked at Bakers Body and Welding Supply and Park Avenue Color & Equipment before taking a position at Sherwin Williams Automotive where he retired as a Manager after 22 years.

In younger years Russ enjoyed racing boats, camping, water skiing, bowling (including captaining a bowling team) and trapshooting. A self proclaimed historian he especially enjoyed studying WWII and Ohio history. He also enjoyed going for rides on his motorcycle and anything having to do with transportation (aviation, trains and trolleys).

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years DeLee Powell of Mansfield; children Kim Powell of Ashland, Charles (Jeni) Powell of Mansfield and Chris (Allyson) of Mansfield; grandchildren Dustin, Jamie, Donnie, Dalton, John, Gage, Dane, Ellie and Addyson; 4 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his brother Jimmy Powell and son Russell H. Powell Jr.

His family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in the Finefrock chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, where the funeral service honoring Russ’ life will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2017 beginning at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Biddle will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Olivesburg.

Contributions in his memory to Mansfield Memorial Museum may be made at the funeral home.

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  • I didn’t know Russ well, but I enjoyed his warm smile and quick laugh. I have had the opportunity to know his twin sons (as well as DeLee)…and that tells me much about the man, much that I admire. How fortunate are Chris and Charlie to have Russ in their lives…what they may not know is the pride Russ had in the young men they became; something he shared with me a few years ago.
    I am better for having met Russ…prayers for the family, peace for Russ.

  • I’ve been so blessed and fortunate to be able to work with DeLee and her sons. Such an awesome family. Russ always had a cheerful smile on his face, and an ear always ready to listen. Russ was known as the Cookie Monster at Bakers. He really loved those cookies we made! Going to miss seeing his bright smiling face at the shop. Keeping DeLee, Chris, Charlie & Kim and their families in my thoughts and prayers. If any of you need anything please don’t hesitate to ask.

  • My heart goes out to the Powell family. God gained a true angel in Russ. In thinking about him I only remember smiles and encouragement to everyone he met. Fly free Russ! DeLee, you and your family are in my prayers! God Bless!

  • Dear DeLee, Chris, Charlie, Kim and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We will miss seeing Russ, a wonderful guy and will pray for your comfort. Love, Judy Baker’s, mom, siblings and families

  • A person who pushed me as a competitor early on. Pushed me to excel as a co worker. Russ always was looking out for me and our customers best interest. He always had my back out there in our SW world. Always quick with a kind work and was interested in what we were selling everyday.
    Russ knew how to get the paint there on time….sometimes according to local law enforcement, a little to fast!
    Sherwin Williams lost one of the ‘Good Ones’ last week. We all lost a great friend!

  • I remember Russell from Ashland High School class of 1961.
    He was a quiet friendly boy.
    My condolences go out to his family and friends.
    God Bless Russ and keep his family in His arms.

  • Dear DeLee, I am very sorry about your loss. Never met Russ, but his tributes noted her speak loud and clear. Peace be with you and your family. From FL Dave

  • Delee and family,
    May Christ’s peace comfort you in this time of grief. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I was so sorry to hear about Russ’s death. DeLee, Chris, Charlie and Kim, you are in my thoughts and prayers that you will find comfort through faith that you will see Russ again in our heavenly home. God bless you all.



  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Delee, Charlie, Chris and Kim we are all blessed to have known and loved Russ. He will be truly missed. Whenever I asked how he was he would say,” I’m Nice.” , and he was nice to everyone he met. All Our Love, The Kiser’s

  • My sincere condolences to Russel’s family, sorry to hear of the loss of another classmate.

  • DeLee: We wanted to express our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Russ. I’m confident that your familie’s strong faith in our Lord and Savior will get you through these life shattering times. We are out of state for an extended time and will not be able to express our sympathies in person but we want you to know that we are with you in spirit and prayer. Dave and Jessie Petska

  • We was so sorry to hear about your loss. Sorry we was unable to make it up for the services. Remember your in our thoughts and prayers.

    Miriam (Hershey) Leonard
    Madena Leonard
    Vicki Leonard