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Calvin Powers, Jr. 11/17/2023

Calvin “Cal” Wayne Powers, Jr.

Cal, 80 years old, from New Richmond, WI went to the loving arms of Jesus on November 17th, 2023 at Hammond Health Services.

Cal was born on May 31, 1943, in New Richmond, WI. He was the first born of ten children. He graduated from New Richmond High School in 1961. As a young man, he joined the National Guards in 1964. He was Honorably discharged in July 1970.

Cal was a man of faith, and the Lord God was his Savior. He taught Sunday School for over 35 years.

Out of high school, he worked with his dad installing sewer systems.   Cal took over the family business in 1963. He was owner and operator of Powers Excavating until he retired in 2011.

Cal loved the great outdoors and adventures. He loved riding his horses and raising his hereford cattle. He enjoyed his cabin and teaching his children how to water ski, fish and hunt. He enjoyed flying his plane and downhill skiing in his free time. He loved his John Deere tractors and working his farmland and giving the grandkids rides on his “Johnny poppers”. He rarely missed morning coffee in town with the guys.

He married the love of his life, Phyllis Rondeau, on March 7, 1970. They bought land in 1970 and built their homestead including a working hereford ranch. Cal was a loving husband of 53 1/2 years and a wonderful father to his 7 children and Papa to 9 grandchildren.  Family was very important to him.

Cal was proceeded in death by his 3 children; Bridgett Ann, Bethany Ann and Mark Calvin; parents, Calvin “Bud” Powers, Sr. and Glendetta;  brother Ricky (Debbie); sisters, Janet and Sherlyn; in-laws, Alvin and Rose Rondeau; and sister-in-law, Rosemary.

Cal is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Powers; children, Marty (Darcy), Becky (Greg) Hermansen, Julie (Tom),  Michael (Jesicca); grandchildren, Kody and Katy Hermansen, Tristen, Bridgett and Hayden Madison,  Dyllan and Ashtyn Powers, Kelsey and Aylssa Powers; siblings Ralph (Jill), Darryle (Renee), Daren (Tammy), Karen (Dave), Brenda (Dave), Perry (Tracie); Godchildren Brenda Lee and Allen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Cal were Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at 11:00AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 600 Keller Avenue South, Amery, Wisconsin with visitation starting at 10:00AM as well as a visitation on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 5:00-8:00PM at Bakken- Young Funeral & Cremation Services, 728 S Knowles Ave, New Richmond, Wisconsin.  

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.




  • Sandy Oconnell Posted November 20, 2023 7:00 pm

    I will never forget the times that cal and bud would spray the cows for pinkeye and we all would be sitting on the fence watching them. Or the time the bull got out running into Leo’s yard and he running after him with a big stick!

  • Joy Murray Knutson Posted November 21, 2023 8:14 am

    I went to high school with Perry who was a very nice person. I am so very sorry for your loss

  • Rachel Fitzgerald Posted November 22, 2023 10:34 am

    Cal and Phyllis watched our son Collin for years. Collin absolutely adored papa Cal…Collin died at 4 years old and I have no doubt the excitement in hugging his papa Cal was indescribable.

  • Eisbrenner Family. Posted November 22, 2023 4:28 pm

    So sorry to have read of Cal’s death. He touched so many lives and will be thought of often and loved forever. Cal is a wonderful role model for generations of young people. May your hearts soon be filled with memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. In the midst of the most painful grief look forward to the future when “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” May the God of all comfort give strength and his love to each of you.

  • Spencer J Reppe Posted November 22, 2023 5:14 pm

    To the entire Powers family I extend my heartfelt sorrow. Cal lived a rich, full and exemplary life that touched many.

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