Funeral services for Jimmy Dale Powers, 71-year-old Gage, Okla., resident, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2006 at the graveside in the Gage Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Aaron Martin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson’s Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Shattuck.
Jimmy Dale Powers was born June 22, 1934 in Ellis County near Gage, Okla., to Delmar T. and Pearl Mae (Poppelwel) Powers. He attended school in Gage. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U. S. Air Force, serving during the Korean and Vietnam wars as an aircraft maintenance mechanic. Jimmy was dedicated to his country and the Air Force until his retirement after 20 years in 1973 and reaching the rank of Tech Sergeant.
On June 17, 1955 he married Beulah Walton in Gage, Okla., and being a serviceman, Jimmy and his family lived and traveled in various parts of the world. In 1967 they moved back to the farm in Gage.
After retirement from the service, Jimmy began farming and ranching back home in Gage. He also owned and operated a salvage yard where they recycled metal and crushed their own cars.
Jimmy is known by local and international artists as the junkyard artist. He used the scrap metal from his former salvage yard to create various life like sculptures. He has also been featured in seven different countries by Ripley’s Believe It or Not – which has labeled him the “Junkyard Picasso.” Some of his sculptures on display around the world include an Elephant in Seoul, Korea; a Buffalo in Copenhagen, Denmark; a Dinosaur in Taipei, Taiwan; and a Praying Mantis in the Republic of the Philippines, and of course many Jimmy Birds all over the world. Jim has also assisted the Woodward Chamber of Commerce on designs for the Crystal Christmas show of lights. Jimmy also received the Governors Art Award for his contributions to the arts in his community.
Jimmy died on June 20, 2006 at the Newman Memorial Hospital in Shattuck.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife Beulah of the home; two sons, Terry Powers and his wife JoAnne of Lewis, Kan.; Troy Powers and his wife Patricia of Pratt, Kan.; one sister, Della Mae Rush and her husband Vernie of May, Okla.; three grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren
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