John J. Powers

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John J. Powers, 85, of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. 

He was born Oct. 12, 1936, in Prairie du Chien, the son of James and Clara (Berntgen) Powers. John attended St. Gabriel’s School and later graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. He attended Coyne College in Chicago, Ill. John married Annette Gentes on Oct. 25, 1958, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. Together, they owned and operated Powers TV for 40 years, serving Prairie du Chien and surrounding areas. John was an avid horseman. He enjoyed owning and riding horses until recently. 

John is survived by his wife of 63 years, Annette; his son, Tim (Sue); daughters, Penny Powers and Becky (Brad) Trautsch; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Clara Powers, brother-in-law, John Wachter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Jessie; brothers, Terrance and Gordon (Shirley) Powers; and a sister, Margaret Wachter.

A Memorial Mass of Resurrection was Thursday, Jan. 13, at 12 p.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with interment in Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.

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