Kevin Robert Powers

Jun 17, 2018
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11:00 AM Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Locke Funeral Home


4:00 to 8:00 PM Friday with a 7:00 sharing time at Locke Funeral Home


Mount Olivet Cemetery with military rites by the United States Navy Honor Guard, Waterloo AMVETS Post #19 and Evansdale AMVETS Post #31


to the family for a later designation


Kevin Robert Powers, 61, of Waterloo, died Sunday, June 17, 2018.

He was born April 6, 1957 in San Diego, CA, the son of John "Jack" Powers and Colleen White Powers.

Kevin graduated from Columbus High School in 1975. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1976, serving aboard the USS Coral Sea as a Quarter Master, achieving the rank of E5 after one year and 11 months of service; he sailed two West PAC cruises and was honorably discharged in 1980. He attended Hawkeye Community College and the University of Northern Iowa.

He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service until 2014 and was past president of the local National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), serving as a strong advocate for its members and the rights of labor.

Kevin loved his dad and held a great admiration for him, raising four sons as a single father, always instilling the importance of family, friends, and country. Their family life included loading up the camping gear and traveling for vacations. Kevin is survived by his brothers: Tom (Donna), Tim (Timi) and Joe

He enjoyed time spent with his Labrador companion, Loyalty; his four nephews: Jake (Hailey Metzger), Josh (Jody), Scott (Lexi), and Nick (Krystle); his great-nephews and -niece; and his friends. He said he was so blessed with family and friends and in these last months would never be able to say the words … I love you… enough times to all of us.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jack; his mother; grandparents: Tom and Catherine Powers and Margaret and John “Hanley” White; and also Labradors: Liberty, Justice and Freedom.

Kevin was a great brother, uncle and friend. He had a passion for workers’ rights, a patriotic spirit, and a love of sailing his boat, “Liberty.”


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  1. jay argotsinger | Jul 04, 2018

    you will be missed,have good memories of you.


  2. J Mitchell | Jun 29, 2018
    No words however kindly meant, can sooth your pain away. We hope the love around you, memories, and heartfelt prayers of those who mourn with you, help you through today.  May you, in time, also find some comfort in knowing that God has promised to "swallow up death forever" (Isaiah 25:8), and to use his Son to resurrect our dear loved ones who have passed away including your loved one (John 5:28). May those promises, in time, somehow strengthen you. 
  3. Mike Birkett, National Business Agent, NALC | Jun 21, 2018
    My condolences to the Powers family.  Kevin was not only a local leader and past President in Waterloo for Branch 512, he also helped carriers across Iowa with his expertise in workman's compensation.  I had the privilege to not only know Kevin and work with him on several political campaigns, but to also call him a friend.  He will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters in the NALC.
  4. Tanniaah | Jun 19, 2018

    My condolences to his family. " For he will order his Angels to protect you wherever you go." PSALMS 91:11 

    A great man was called home to receive his wings. WE love you from 2nd shift Aides at ManorCare. Thanks for keeping us lifted. 

  5. Columbus High School Alumni | Jun 19, 2018
    Our deepest sympathy to Kevin's family and friends.

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