Milton Harvey Powers (Milt), a 24-year resident of Colville and Kettle Falls, passed away on Jan. 1, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 88. Milt was born on August 24, 1925 in Burbank, CA, the son of William Fred and Margaret Sarah (Rilling) Powers.
Milt was raised in Glendale, CA where he attended school, graduating from Hoover High School in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1945. He attended Modesto Junior College before enrolling in the University of Southern California (USC) in 1946. He began dental school in 1947 and was a member of Delta Sigma Delta. After receiving his degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) he opened a dental office.
In 1960 Milt returned to USC, joining the first class of the new orthodontic program. Milt was a top candidate for the Tweed Course, a member of the Angle Society and returned to teach at USC, and later became a fellow of the American College of Dentists.
Milt opened a private orthodontic practice in Burbank in 1964. Milt served as President of Glendale and Burbank Academy of Dentists, Glendale and Burbank Kiwanis and, he was a member of San Fernando Dental Society.
Milt met the love of his life, Joyce Rose, in 1980 and they were married in 1983. He retired in 1989 and moved to Colville in 1990 where he began a second career driving a logging truck. After a few years, he left the woods and continued driving long-haul. Then retired for the final time in 2004.
Milt was always loyal to USC, but he began to appreciate the Seattle Seahawks. Milt enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, gardening and piloting his own plane. He loved to instigate laughter with his teasing. He will be fondly missed and his “big personality” will be cherished by those who loved him.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carol Fred Powers, and by his sister, Dora May Davis.
Milt is survived by his wife, Joyce Powers; two sons, Richard Powers, San Marcos, CA and Robert Powers, Glendale; and a host of extended family.
Milt was laid to rest at the Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls.
Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of Spokane, 888-459-0438.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.
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