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Thomas Powell


Thomas Lynn Powell, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away peacefully on July 2, 2023, at 67 years old. Tom was the youngest of four children. The true baby of the family, Tom was the most loved and treasured child who could do no wrong, much to his siblings’ dismay. Tom leaves behind his loving wife, Karen; daughters, Danielle (Jeff) Mier, Victoria (Kevin) Siko; son, Christopher (Caitlin) Powell; stepsons, Russell Richter, Charlie Rogers; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Evan Richter.

Tom was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family and loved to harness the power of being a father to get difficult chores around the house done by his unsuspecting sons and sons-in-law. Tom enjoyed going to movies and taking his family out on the boats, whether for a leisurely pontoon ride or a wild tubing ride. His zest for life meant he always had energy to rile up the grandkids and attend sporting events.

Tom was very competitive and loved playing games, entering contests and frequently came out winning. He always attributed his wins to his “Powell Luck”, which he promised would pass to his descendants.

Tom grew up in Chicago, Illinois as an avid Bears fan. In 1984, he moved to Grand Rapids and shortly thereafter began work at Attwood. He worked at Attwood for 35 years and retired as Vice President of Human Resources. Tom had a very strong work ethic and worked hard to make sure his company and employees were taken care of.

Tom loved classic cars. He enjoyed boating and loved being near and out on the water. Tom always had at least one saltwater fish tank in his home. His favorite pastime was traveling. He loved to go on excursions and explore new places. Tom’s favorite vacation spots included Hawaii and Key West.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 6, 2023, at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson, Lowell, Michigan 49331, with visitation one hour prior. Memorial contributions can be made in Tom’s honor to PKD Foundation,

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10 Responses

  1. What an incredible life Tom had and what impact he had on his family and friends. We are sending love to all his family. We are thinking of you all and sending healing thoughts.

  2. I always appreciated Tom’s support during the years Chris played baseball for me. He always referred to me as “ Coach”.

  3. In the 17 years that I worked with Tom at Brunswick, he was the consummate HR guy always providing us with solid advice. He will be missed by many

  4. Sorry to hear about Tom. He hired me when I began work at Attwood 35 years ago. I think I was one of the first people he hired. You’re in my thoughts and prayers, Karen.

  5. Very sad to hear of Tom’s passing 😢. Worked with Tom during his time at Land N Sea in Pompano. Tom was so witty with his quirky sense if humor, he made the office a fun place.

    My sincere condolences to his family.

  6. I am sure that Tom will be missed by both family, friends and many employees who have benefitted from Tom’s help and guidance in their careers and lives. He was a great human resource for many people.

  7. Karen: Our sincere condolences to you and Russel. We really enjoyed Tom the times we were able to be with him. He was a very special gift to you and all of us who had the opportunity to share him with you. Becky an Ed.

  8. We were so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you mourn your loss. May he find his peace and healing in the arms of God.

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