Commander John Charles Powers, II
12/13/1942 - 05/20/2021
Obituary For Commander John Charles Powers, II
Commander John Charles Powers, II, of Bradenton, FL, and formerly Rockville, MD, and Omaha, passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021 in Sarasota. He was 79. He was the husband of Jane Todd Powers. The couple had been married for 30 years.
Born in Pender, NE, he was the son of the late John and Beryl (Blanton) Powers. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School and attended Creighton Memorial/St. Joseph Hospital-School of Nursing in Omaha where he was selected for the Officer Candidate Nursing Program. He began his first assignment in the Navy as a staff nurse at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He was later selected to the Navy Nurse Anesthesia Program and attended George Washington University and Great Lakes Naval Hospital, graduating in 1972.
During his career he assumed the position of Senior Nurse Anesthetist at the National Naval Medical Center in 1984. He served as the Surgeon General’s Advisor for Nurse Anesthetists Affairs and as President of the DC Nurse Anesthetist’s Association on a local and national level. According to one of his many citations, he was considered the Navy’s top expert in nurse-administered anesthesia during his tenure.
His military awards include:
Meritorious Service Medal, awarded by the President of the United States
Navy “E” Ribbon
National Defense Medal (second award)
The family remembers him as someone who loved his job and worked every day he possibly could. He brought competence, comfort and his quick-witted humor to patients and coworkers. John extended his lightness, generosity and love of life to all those around him. He enjoyed baking for friends and family, demoing new technology and humbly sharing his wealth of knowledge on countless topics. He was well loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving with his wife are his sister, Mary Lynn Rankin, his brother-in-law George C. Dungan, his three children, John Powers, III of Omaha, Michael Powers and his wife Sarah, of Bellevue, WA, and Patrick Powers of Chicago. Stepdaughters include Jennifer Todd of Narberth, PA and Karen, and her husband, Rod Stephey, of Monrovia, MD, six grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his niece Kathleen Dungan; sister, Maureen Dungan; brother-in-law, David M. Rankin, M.D.; and a brother, Edward Powers.
Interment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery, on June 8 at 10:30 a.m., 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL 34241. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
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