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James Michael Powers

September 10, 1955 ~ February 11, 2021 (age 65)


James Michael Powers, 65, of New Carlisle, Indiana passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 10, 1955 in Hastings, Michigan to the late James T. and Elaine M. (Downing) Powers. On June 1, 2013 he married Dawn. R. Luhrsen who survives. James is also survived by one step daughter, Kari (Ryan) O’Donnell of New Carlisle, Indiana, three sisters; Sharon Varney of Nashville, Michigan, Margaret Felder of Nashville, Michigan, Maryellen (T.R.) Myers of Vermontville, Michigan, one brother, Patrick (Linda) Powers of Nashville, Michigan, many nieces and nephews, Great Nieces and Great Nephews, and many cousins and friends. 


James (Jimi) graduated from Maple Valley High School, Vermontville, Michigan in 1973. The highlight of his High School years was being involved in Concert and Marching Band. His hobbies were playing the Drums, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica and any instrument you put in his hand. He played with several different bands around the state of Michigan. He was also a Sound Board Technician for several venues in Michigan including Sandyland Park located in Nashville, Michigan where he met several Country Stars and became friends. He took Auto Technician classes and became a Master Mechanic for the State of Michigan. Jimi worked for the family business "Powers Service" and eventually branched off on his own. He worked for Firestone and took ASE classes and that allowed him to work anywhere in the United States. He transferred to Firestone in South Bend, Indiana in 2003 where he met his wife Dawn. He was currently employed with Belle Tire.  


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on February 20th at 2:00 P.M. at First Brethren Church 4909 S. Ironwood, South Bend, Indiana. Memorial Contributions may be made in James honor to The American Cancer Society Association, 130 Red Coach Dr., Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be left at




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Celebration of Life
February 20, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
First Brethren Church
4909 S. Ironwood
South Bend, IN 46614

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