Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1933

Robert Powers ROBERT EARL POWERS, JR., 80, passed away April 12, 1998, at home in his easy chair, with interment at Hydro Masonic Cemetery, Hydro, OK. He was born Nov. 4, 1917 to Robert E. & Henrietta (Patton) Powers in Muskogee, OK. He worked, as a young man, in the oil fields with his father in Texas and Oklahoma. He spent several years in Ranger, TX and if you had ever been to Texas, he would surely ask you if you knew where Ranger was. “They were football champs in 1934, you know,” he would say. He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1933. Throughout the traveling with the oil fields, he finally graduated high school in 1936 from Shawnee High School in Oklahoma. Robert married Luella Ditmore in Nov. of 1948 in Okla. City, OK. He brought his family to Okla. City in 1956 to be a service manager for Red Barnes Tire Co. Later he was plant manager for Hamilton/Ditmore Mfg. making gas fire logs. Robert enjoyed tinkering, fixing and inventing things. There wasn’t a rusty bolt or nut he couldn’t loosen. He could fix any household appliance or power tool with a piece of coat hanger, scrap of tin or handmade part. He never threw anything away and his garage is evidence of this. He still had a transmission from a 1942 Cadillac that he drove in 1957. His wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He never lost sight of things he wanted to accomplish and lived everyday he had to the fullest of his ability. The values and morals that he instilled in his children was the guiding force that has allowed us all to become who we are today. At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife, Luella, of the home; 2 sons, Jack Buckner & wife, Linda, Canon City, CO, Robert Earl Powers, III & wife Diane, Edmond, OK; 2 daughters; Glenda Kelley & husband, Don, Weatherford, OK; and Judy Powers, Oklahoma City, OK; 5 grandsons; Kenneth Buckner, Wilcox, AZ; Terry Buckner, Worcester, MA; Justin Powers, Edmond, OK; Dustin Buckner & Dillon Buckner, both of Canon City, CO; 9 granddaughters, Cindy Buxton, Ft. Smith, AR; Susan Nickell, Mesa, AZ; Julie Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK; Richelle Jones, Kapolei, HI; Robbie Elrod, Keller, TX; Sara Powers, Tulsa, OK; Aili Anton, Plano, TX; Kelly Buckner & Katie Buckner, both of Canon City, CO; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Powers Patterson (RHS-1931), Oklahoma City, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Jean Powers. My dad’s most favorite childhood memory must have been of Ranger, TX. He spoke of Ranger, often. My dad had polio as a small child, and was always the smallest in his class. He walked with a limp, but this never hindered him from doing anything he set his mind to. Just a few months prior to his death, we planned a trip back to Ranger. Although he was sure he wouldn’t recognize anything, he still wanted to return. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it long enough for that trip. But buried with him, along with his pocket knife, was a map of Ranger, TX. Judy Powers Ditmore