Thomas Edison Powell

MILFORD – Thomas Edison Powell, age 100, passed away peace­fully at home May 9, 2016. Born April 23, 1916, the son of Lillie Mae (Ireland) and Thomas Everett Powell.

Thomas was born in the Harmony/Valentine area of Nebraska. He grew up in various locations; Dal­las, TX; Chicago, Ill.; and Elyria, Ohio, due to his stepfather’s work in the construction equipment business. Eventually they moved to Blair, Neb., where he graduated from Blair High School.

After graduation, he worked briefly for the local power company reading meters. He later gained a position with the Government Printing Of­fice in Washington, D.C., in the apprentice pressman program. His training was interrupted during World War II. After the war’s end, he returned to complete his training and became a head pressman in the se­curity section. He retired after 36 years with the Gov­ernment Printing Office.

During World War II, Thomas served in the U.S. Navy from July 5, 1943-Nov. 8, 1945. He was trained and served as a Navy SeaBee, 115th Bat­talion. He saw service in New Guinea and the Phil­ippines, building naval bases. He was discharged from the Navy as a Ma­chinists Mate Third Class.

Upon retirement, he and his wife Inabelle moved to Milford, NH, to be closer to their daughter and her family. Inabelle passed in 1993 and Thomas was brought into his daughter Mary’s home to live with her until his passing.

Thomas had a curious and ingenious mind. He loved to tinker. He enjoyed working on his Indian mo­torcycle, cars and vans. He also enjoyed television repair. He and his family travelled the country and made many return trips home to Nebraska. Thom­as was an enthusiastic pho­tographer, genealogical researcher, gardener, and he loved computers and kept up with all the new technology. Even at the age of 100 he was using email, tablets and the latest lap­tops. He was a loyal fan of many years of the Uni­versity of Nebraska ‘Corn­huskers’ football team.

Thomas is predeceased by his wife of 54 years, In­abelle (Stricklett) Powell.

He is survived by a son, Thomas Edward Powell and his wife Burma of Clemmons, NC; a daugh­ter, Mary Virginia Dickson and her husband Freder­ick Dickson of Milford; five grandchildren, Thomas O’Connor, Michael Thom­as Powell, Peter Lindsay Parenti of Milford, David Alan Parenti and his wife Jessica of Westborough, MA, Sean Thomas Parenti and his wife Neala of Bos­ton, MA; and six great-grandchildren, Grace, Julianna, Samuel, Emilia, Cormac and Mary Parenti.

A graveside service with military honors was held May 13 at Blair Cemetery in Blair, Neb. Donations may be made to the Blair Congregational Church or any charity in Thomas’ name. Local arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Mil­ford. To share a memory or offer condolences, visit