May 16, 2020

Jack Powell

L. Jack Powell

Jack Powell passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15, 2020 at the age of 79. Jack was born on March 9, 1941 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Loran Powell and Pearl Grasmick.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sharon (Weber) Powell; daughter, Shari (Jay) Kaser; son, Garry (Diana Criser) Powell; brother, Garry (Susan) Powell; step-brother, Mick (Ann) Grasmick; grandsons Jordan, Jase and Jared; nieces and nephews.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Food Bank of Lincoln

4840 Doris Bair Circle, Suite A

Lincoln, Nebraska 68504

In-person services are private. The service may be viewable to the public by live online streaming, Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. An accessible link will be available here:


  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mark and Katie Elsener

  2. I am sad to read of Jack’s death. What a good man. My lasting impression is that Jack was consistently friendly, generous, funny, and sincere. I am glad for my memories. Be well, Sharon.

  3. I am so sorry to read of your loss, I know he is in a better place and won’t have to struggle any longer. Big hug to you all especially Sharon . We all long for the day we can be together for a real hug…❤️

  4. Sharon, I am so saddened by this. Jack was a great man. I am honored to have met you both. You and your family are in my thoughts.

  5. My condolences to Sharon and all the rest of the family. Jack was a kind hearted person and we were friends for many years. I will miss going to lunch together and visiting on the phone.

  6. I was very sad to hear of the passing of Jack. I have know Jack since we were young kids. What I love the most about Jack was his friendship, our working together on a few of our high school class reunions, our many lunches and a person you felt you could talk to him about anything. One thing that really stands out was a night when the four of us went to a movie and Jack and I went to the concession for food. We both really didn’t like the movie and so we sat on the steps of the Stewart Theater talking about the up and coming reunion and how we were going to set it up and who to call. I know Jack is in a better place now and I hope someday to meet with him again. My prayers go out to Sharon and the family.

  7. I am very sorry to hear about Jack and his passing. One great person and a great friend since we were kids. Many memories of our times together. I feel good that Jack is now in a great place waiting for all of his friends to join him. My prayers are with the family and his wife of many years Sharon

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Jack was like a second father to me. My Dad, Dave Millar, and he were great friends since they were in high school. I always enjoyed listening to Jack’s stories of the crazy fun they had together. He had such a great sense of humor and always made everyone feel comfortable. We were fortunate to get to see him a couple times this past year with our daughter attending University of Nebraska. He never stopped smiling and cracking jokes. A great man that left an incredible legacy in his kids and grandkids.

  9. Dear Powell Family, All my love to you as you go through this difficult time. Mr Powell always made me feel so special when I came over!! What a kind, smart and clever roll model he was for us! Mrs Powell let me know how I can help you in the coming weeks, months and years! Hugs to you Shari and Garry! Love Teresa

  10. The world is full of big brothers. I’m not sure how they get distributed, but when I got you, Jack, as a big brother, I won the lottery. Jack, you loved me and treated me like I was your son and best friend, not just your brother. I suppose it could be possible to be closer as brothers, but I can’t imagine it. We seemed to share the same thought “line”. I have never know life without you, Jack. Your love, humor and care will last an eternity. I look forward to joining you and Mom in a much better, non-politicized existence. I know you are listening, Jack. I love you, admire you, and am forever grateful to you. Love, Garry

    • Garry – you might not remember me, but I’m Sharon’s youngest cousin. Jack was a part of my life for so very many years. I truly loved him so much. Back in the early 1980’s, my husband and I traveled to England. We set it up so that Shari and Jack would have custody of our son, Garrett, if anything happened to us. We have always joked that Jack could have been Garrett’s dad and Liam’s grandpa. We will miss him so very much.

  11. My sincere condolences to the family. Jack and I were office neighbors on Wedgewood Drive for a number of years. We frequently shared our ideas about the world’s greatest problems. Sadly, the world never seemed willing to call upon our wisdom. But we both enjoyed our conversations and I believe we both felt supported in our shared viewpoints. I miss those days and look forward to resuming our conversations in the life to come.


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