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Joseph William Powers, Jr.

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Sept. 11, 1945 - Dec. 24, 2018

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    Joseph William Powers, Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Powers of San Antonio, born Sept. 11, 1945, in Darby, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, to Col. Joseph William Powers and Elizabeth Rose Powers, passed away at age 73 on Dec. 24, 2018.

Joe’s father served in the U.S. Army, which led them to live all over the United States and Germany. Joe and his mother Betty were the first family members to join their father and husband in Berlin after World War II. While growing up, he served as an altar boy and also became the youngest Eagle Scout in the country.

He was a starting tight end on the Annandale Atoms football team for Annandale High School, in Annandale, Virginia. He graduated from AHS in 1963, then went on to graduate from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1967.

During college, he was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and served in the ROTC. After graduation, he served in the army from 1967 until 1969, including a tour in Vietnam as a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps. Upon his return, he was promoted to captain and received a bronze star. Following his service, he returned to Lehigh to earn his Master’s degree in industrial engineering while working as a graduate teaching assistant.

Joe met his future wife Marlena Rio in high school through his friend Rick, Marlena’s brother. Rick always refused to “allow” his friends to date his sister, but Joe succeeded in winning her in the end! They began dating right before Joe left for Vietnam. While still in graduate school, he married Marlena at Fort Myer, Virginia, on Jan. 30, 1971.

Joe’s career took him and his family to many different cities. In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (New Holland Division, Sperry Rand Corp.), his daughter Michelle was born. In Muskegon, Michigan (Clarke Division, McGraw-Edison Corporation), his daughter Stephanie was born. They also moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania (Frick Company), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Keystone Yarway Corporation), and finally, to Houston, where he worked for a number of companies under Keystone International Corporation. Part of his work there involved traveling to India and Italy to manage the startup of new projects. After that, he went on to work for Horst J. Paul and Associates.

During his career he was awarded the Certified Production Inventory Manager Fellow designation and earned his APICS certification. He also worked as a consultant for many companies and even created his own software system for trading stocks and commodities.

Lastly, he went to work for Mogas Industries in Houston, where he was the production and inventory manager for over 10 years and was loved by all of his co-workers. After being nominated several times, he won the company MVP award in 2012. He retired in January 2016, but loved his work so much that he continually consulted for the Mogas manufacturing department.

“Joe really raised the bar on the work that he did at Mogas and will be a hard act to follow. He did great things for Mogas,” his former Vice President Sam Furman said.

Joe could be quiet and serious, but was also brilliant with a great sense of humor. Outside of work, he enjoyed reading (mostly science fiction), tinkering on his computer, working on his investments and keeping up with current events. He loved music, especially the Rolling Stones and other great ‘70s classic rock bands. His favorite song was “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals. He even performed it during his time at Lehigh when he was the lead singer of his band, Fiery Joe and The Onions! Joe and Marlena frequently traveled back to Virginia and Pennsylvania to go to as many Annandale High and Lehigh class and fraternity reunions as they could, and to visit friends and family.

After Joe’s retirement, they moved to San Antonio, two houses down from their daughter Stephanie and her family. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, which he was able to do much more often over the past few years.

He is survived by his wife Marlena Rio Powers of San Antonio; daughter Michelle Powers and daughter Stephanie Compean and son-in-law Christian Compean; grandchildren Cole Powers, Liliana Compean and Christian Anthony Compean; brothers John Powers (Shelly) and Brian Powers (Lisa); sisters Cindi Camarda (Rob Fisher), Penny Boyd (Joel), Susan Powell (William), brother Stuart DeAlba (Mary); and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Col. Joseph W. Powers and Elizabeth Rose Powers, stepmother Carolyn Powers, brother Michael Powers and sister Linda Powers.

The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 8500 Cross Mountain Trail in Leon Springs, followed by a luncheon in the church hall. The family will inter Joe’s ashes in Singers Glen, Virginia, at a later date.

Those who wish may donate in Joe’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project or the PTSD Foundation of America (Camp Hope).

To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Joe’s life, please visit

Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.