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“Mary Beth,My apologies for this late condolence but I only learned of Clair's passing today as I was out of town when the obituary was in the paper. ...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Thais Winkleblack - Iowa City, IA

“Mary Beth, so sad to hear about your Dad. We lived across the street next to my grandparents (Harry and Eleanor Woode). We all loved your Dad. ...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mary Beth,I lived next door to your dad for ten years. He was a wonderful man. He was always so cheerful and enjoyed the kids. I am so sorry...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sue Burger - IOwa City, IA

“I was very fortunate to meet Clair later in his life. He was a beautiful person, kind, gentle and compassionate. He raised the most amazing...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Richer - Colorado Springs, CO

“Mary BethSo sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jean Eash - Coworker

“Patricia and Gary send their sincere condolences to Mary Beth and all of the family. We always enjoyed the times we spent with Clair when he was in...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Gary and Patricia Abbott - CO

“Joel Myers introduced me to Clair at his house. Clair made you feel very welcomed and enjoyed the visit. The memory of his peace and great smile will...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Randy Schropp - IA - Friend

“Mary Beth - we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Jim was recently sharing memories of conversations he used...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Jim & Haley Scherr - CO - Friend

“I worked at Iowa State Bank in the early 60's with Clair and he always had a smile and was wonderful to work with. all of our co-workers were very...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: joan (maske) Dinnel - iowa city, IA

“Mary, I'm sorry I can't be there but know you're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Susie Miller - Sugarcreek, OH

“Uncle Clair was a truly special person--my dad's brother always had a smile on his face and was such a positive energy. But what I remember most...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Janet Powers Metzger - Grapevine, TX

“To Mary Beth,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I have so many memories of working with him at Iowa State Bank. He will be greatly...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Linnet Wainwright - Clay Center, KS

Clair A. Powers, 89, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Colorado Springs where he has been living to be near his daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, with burial to follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 pm Friday and after 9:30 am until services Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in his memory to Mercy Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the funeral home website @

Clair Ambers Powers was born April 12, 1926, in Iowa City the son of Lewis A. and Wilhelmina E. (Wieske) Powers. He attended Iowa City schools, graduating from City High School with the Class of 1944, and later from the University of Iowa with his Bachelor of Arts Degree. During WWII, after graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for two years. In 1950, he became one of the first group of men drafted from Johnson County, Iowa and served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean War. On June 27, 1951, he married Louise M. Sorensen in Iowa City. Clair worked for the former Iowa State Bank & Trust Company (now MidWest One Bank) for many years retiring as a vice-president in 1991. He was a lifelong and active member of the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City, also belonged to the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. Clair was an avid University of Iowa Hawkeye fan and attended many Hawkeye wrestling meets as well as other Hawkeye sports.

His family includes his daughter, Mary Beth Powers of Colorado Springs; sister, Wilma Gower of Hattiesburg, MS; sisters-in-law, Helen "Parky" Sorensen of Hills; Leona Pelechek of Marion, Lois Seemuth (Bob) of Iowa City, and Jane Sorensen of South Pasadena, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Louise in 1992; and siblings, Lewis, John, Vern, Russell, Evelyn, and Lester.