Harold Wayne Powers, Jr., Age :72
Jun 11,1948---Jan 03,2021

Born June 11, 1948, in Topeka, Kansas to Dr. Harold Wayne Powers and Ruth Nelson Powers.

Wayne (also known as “Butch”) attended Topeka West High School, then the University of Kansas, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He earned a law degree at the Washburn University School of Law. Wayne was a partner at the law firm Wallace Saunders where he spent his entire career from 1974 until his retirement in 2004. His friendships there were an important part of his time at the firm.


Wayne’s retirement was brought about by the diagnosis of a rare blood cancer. In 2011, he received a bone marrow transplant. He recovered to enjoy cherished experiences with family and friends. Later, he became a devoted volunteer with the University of Kansas Cancer Center, where he was part of their mentorship program for other bone marrow transplant candidates and recipients. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of Kansas Blood & Marrow Transplant clinic. 


He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jerre Dunaway Powers, and his daughter, Ashley Daly (Patrick). He is also survived by three wonderful grandchildren, Lucy, Patrick, and George.


Wayne had definite loves: family, friends, church, golf, and Jayhawk basketball. His steadfast love of the Lord has been his anchor. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Wayne has been a devoted member of Hillcrest Covenant Church, which sustained his faith over the course of his life.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hillcrest Covenant Church (hillcrestcov.org) or the Blood & Marrow Transplant Fund at the University of Kansas Health System. (kansashealthsystem.com/giving/donate). 


A private service was held on January 7, 2021, due to coronavirus restrictions. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa, Kansas.


Suzy Leary Jan 09 ,2021

Friend ,OLATHE ,Kansas

Butch was loved by all his friends for his humor and generosity. He was always more interested in what was going on in his friend's life than his own. I miss my friend...he was one of a kind..and we need more like him.

Lisa Mattson Smith Jan 10 ,2021

Friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Dear Jerre, Ashley, Patrick and family: I'm so deeply saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. I clearly remember when he was first diagnosed. I knew Wayne for decades from Hillcrest and always knew him to be warm, funny, a gentleman, and a person who put others first. What a loss for each of you! Eternity awaits your reunion and until then, may God give you strength and peace as you miss him!

Jan & Jack Sladkey Jan 10 ,2021

Church friends ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear dear ones, you are being held tenderly in our prayers. Each of you has displayed faith, courage, hope and even the ability to live life fully. We will continue to pray for you through these days and weeks of grieving, remembering and dealing with many details. God is so close to the brokenhearted. He will not let a bruised reed be damaged. He has you firmly in the palm of His Hand. You are surrounded by so many praying. Be comforted and uplifted. Strong hugs coming your way. Jan & Jack Sladkey

Braley Parr Klatt Jan 10 ,2021

I simply adored Mr Powers! He was such a special man and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to know a man like him. All my love to you, Ashley and Mrs Powers.

Barbars Stetler Jan 11 ,2021

Dear Jerre and Ashley, my heart is so heavy for you at the loss of Wayne. He was such a good man and I so admired the way he valiantly fought this disease. Please know I am praying for you as you adjust to life on this earth without him. Lean into Jesus—He is our Rock and Fortress!! Love Barb Stetler

Lynette Brown Jan 13 ,2021

Friend from many years ago ,Toledo ,Ohio

Dear Jerri and Ashley It is with heartfelt sadness that I read of Wayne’s passing. I remember our time as neighbors and all the wonderful times we had with your family. Please know my heart is with you in the upcoming months. I know your grief will be with you. Bless you both. Lynette (formerly Thompson) Brown