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Arthur “Art” Powers

Birth Date: October 18, 1939
Death Date: April 20, 2018

Decatur – Judge Arthur F. “Art” Powers, Jr, 78, of Decatur, passed away Friday, April 20, 2018, in Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Sullivan, IL.

Art was born October 18, 1939, the son of Arthur F. and Opal Imogene (Clemons) Powers. A U.S. Navy veteran and member of Ss. James and Patrick Parish, Judge Powers served his country proudly aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He liked flying, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Art married Carolyn J. Edwards August 17, 1968, in Centralia.

Judge Powers received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University and his juris doctor in law degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1978. He served as Assistant State’s Attorney and State’s Attorney for Moultrie County before being appointed in 1980 as an associate circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, including Champaign, Dewitt, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie and Piatt Counties. During his tenure with the judiciary, he was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Judges’ Association. Upon his retirement from the bench, Art returned to the classroom as a criminal justice instructor for Richland Community College and also served as a hearing officer for the city of Decatur.

Art was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Cardinal.

Surviving is his wife, Carolyn: son, John Andrew (Kim) Powers of Hawthorn Woods, IL; daughter, Sara Jean Barnett of Decatur, IL; he was “Pawpaw” to five very special grandchildren: Sydney Nicole Lewis, Riley Kathleen Barnett, Aidan Jeffrey Powers Barnett, Connor Thomas Powers and John Michael (Jack) Powers.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home; vigil prayer service will be at 3:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will be 10 am, Thursday, April 26, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Rev. John Burnett, celebrant. Burial with military rites will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Program.

The family of Judge Arthur F. Powers. Jr, is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Vigil Prayer Service
April 25, 2018
3:30 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home
2801 North Monroe Street Decatur, Il 62526
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April 25, 2018
4:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services
2801 N. Monroe Decatur, IL 62526
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Mass of Christian Burial
April 26, 2018
10:00 am
St. Patrick Catholic Church
407 E. Eldorado Ave. Decatur, IL 62523
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  1. Judge Powers was a very nice person I worked with him in Sullivan always a smile on his face no matter what was going on. Prayers to his family! Kathy Dudley

  2. Carolyn: Sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Was in his court room in DeWitt Co. many times. I once asked him to tell you I said Hello and explained that you and I had graduated from High School together. I pray that God will comfort you and your family through this very trying time. Nell Gentry Wilson

  3. Seeing Judge Powers at Richland always made me smile. He was very dedicated to his students, had a great sense of humor, and was a joy to work with. He will be deeply missed.

  4. I was fortunate to know Art through working at Richland. When he was on campus he would always stop by my office and say "Good Morning" whether it was morning or afternoon. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. I will miss seeing him on campus. Blessing to the family.

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