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Emory G. Powell, 100, of Canby, Oregon, formerly of Westmont and Blenheim, WW II Army Veteran

Emory passed away peacefully at home in Canby, Oregon on Thursday, March 3, 2022, just weeks after celebrating his 100th birthday. Born in Westmont, NJ he graduated from Audubon High School where he was a key member of their championship swim team. Emory met his future wife of 67 years, Alice Wagner, at a dance, and they were married a year later, on October 17, 1942. 642364_z1bk4sr4ho3

In February 1943, he was inducted into the US Army and after a year of basic training survived a perilous voyage to England on the Queen Mary in April 1944. Emory proudly served as an anti-aircraft gunner with Battery C 143rd AAA Battalion in WWII. His unit was immediately called into service for the London air defense and was the first unit to fire at the V1 rockets that the Germans launched against London before D Day. In June 1944, Emory landed on the shores of Normandy and continued protecting air bases throughout France and Germany before being honorably discharged in 1945.

Emory then settled in Blenheim, NJ and built the home that he and Alice lived in for 62 years and had a son (Emory Robert Powell) in 1949. Emory loved to take his wife dancing (they were a wonderful to watch), enjoyed managing his son's band, model railroading, and body surfing at the Jersey Shore. Emory retired from a family-owned business as a sheet metal worker in 1985.

In 2009, after the death of his wife, he moved to Oregon to live with his son and daughter-in-law, Emory and Patti Powell until his death.

He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and was delighted to watch them finally win the Super Bowl in 2018.

Beloved husband of the late Alice C. Powell (nee Wagner) 67 years, devoted father of Emory Robert Powell and his wife Patti Powell. Beloved brother of the late Orville, Benjamin, and Clement Powell. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

There will be a graveside service at 1pm on Monday, March 14, 2022 at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Chews Landing, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Emory's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 (www.woundedwarriorproject.org)

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