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1948 John 2022

John E. Powlen

November 19, 1948 — October 4, 2022

McKinney, Texas

John E. Powlen was born on November 19, 1948 in Logansport, Indiana to parents Raymond and Jessie (Myers) Powlen in Lucerne, Indiana. He passed away peacefully in McKinney, Texas on October 4, 2022.

John grew up in Lucerne, Indiana where he was a stranger to no one. As a member of 4H, he was known as the funniest guy in town and charmed everyone he met. After graduating from Pioneer High School, John attended Oakland City College then later worked at Rockwell Standard spring plant with his father.

He moved to Dallas in 1970, and found his passion working with people through the wine and spirits business. He was able to use his charm and magnetism in an industry he truly enjoyed. John was always the life of the party. His favorite pastime was going to midget car races with his brothers Bill and Sam. The tradition of attending the Chili Bowl every year was something he looked forward to most. He also enjoyed gambling at the casinos- pulling the slot machines, playing cards, and rolling dice. He was an active member of the United Methodist Church where he enjoyed serving in the Clown ministry. He also served as a magician in the Adventure Guides with his daughter. There was always a buzz in the air when he was around.

John’s greatest joy was his daughter, Hillary Powlen Croissant, and grandson’s Weston and Judson Croissant. He was always an active member in their lives through going to sporting events, sharing meals together, and talking through important life lessons.

John is survived by daughter Hillary Powlen Croissant and her husband Eric of Melissa, Texas, grandsons Weston and Judson Croissant, brother Samuel Powlen and his wife Kathy of Farmersville, Texas, and brother William (Bill) Powlen and his wife Susie

Powlen of McCordsville, Indiana and many other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Jessie Powlen.

A memorial service was on October 7, 2022, in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church in McKinney, 315 N. Church St. McKinney, Texas 75069 with Rev. Stacey Piyakhun officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lucerne Kids Group ℅ Barrie McClain 2135 S. Ridgeview Way Logansport, IN 46947

John will be laid to rest at a gravesite service officiated by Rev. Tim Minnick at Indian Creek Christian Church Cemetery, 3545 W. 800 N., Royal Center, Indiana at 1:30 on March 7, 2023. Following the burial there will be a Celebration of Life at 2:00 at The Hall across from the fire station in Lucerne.

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