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Cecil B. Powell

DULUTH, Minn. - Cecil B. Powell, age 96, of Ashland, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, Oct 19, 2020, at Essentia Health-Saint Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

Cecil was born March 25, 1924, in Bryant, Wisconsin, on the family farm his father built in the late 1800s. He was the son of Bunyon S. and Nora B. (Nichols) Powell.

On Dec. 2, 1944, Cecil was united in marriage to Annabell West in Antigo, Wisconsin. He was employed by the Iron County Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator for more than 20 years. Cecil was a skilled heavy equipment operator and was very proud that he helped clear the land for the Blackjack Ski Resort in Wakefield, Michigan. Cecil also cleared numerous acres of land for the former Wisconsin state Sen. James Swan's potato farm in Gurney, Wisconsin.

Survivors include his children, Lois (Michael) Downey of Niceville, Florida, Charlotte (George) Skoviera of Hudson, Wisconsin, Paul of Biloxi, Mississippi, Ellen (Terry) Marcott of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Annette (David) Johnson of Ashland, Virginia (Robert) Eno of Ashland, Penny Powell of Ashland, and Willam Powell of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Patrick, James, Julie, Matthew, Aaron and Amanda; and eight great-grandchildren, Megan, Charles, Cody, Nathan, Ethan, Lydia, Anna and Amelia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Annabell, on March 31, 2015; one son, Ronald; and nine brothers and sisters.

A private family graveside committal service will take place at the Edgewood Cemetery in Gurney.

A celebration of Cecil's life will be held at a later date.

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Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, Wisconsin.