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Martin Powers March 31, 1936 - April 20, 2020

Martin J. Powers, Sr.

At the age of 84, Monday, April 20, 2020, peacefully with his family by his side.

Beloved husband of the late Sandra Powers (nee Denton), dear father of Martin J. Powers, Jr., dear step-father of Norbert J. Butler, III, David A. (Kathy) Butler, and Dana (Kevin) McHugh, dear grandfather of Casey (Tony) Carver, Jayne Butler (Merv Goodman), Chris and Jim Butler, Jessica Butler (Dan Brown), Cara, Maggie, Katy, Maureen and John McHugh, dear brother of Mary Daab, Joseph (Eileen) Powers, and the late Frank (Millie) Powers, Diane (Sam) Maginn, Cay (Marv) Pellet, and Tony (Jane survives) Powers, and dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend.

Marty had many occupations but was most proud of owning and operating the restaurant Powers of Clayton (circa 1975-1993), an establishment loved by customers, employees, friends, and family. He was the sage bartender, friend, mentor, confidant, and counselor. A man of great humor, wit, and knowledge. A devotee of St. Louis history, architecture, streets, and fire department – he was a true urban archaeologist. Marty was a loving and reliable father, son, brother, and husband to his family and a father figure to countless more. Yet always humble and when asked, “How are you doing?” He’d always reply, “Better than I deserve.” The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the St. Louis Altenheim for their skillful and loving care of Marty.

Services: Private service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Landmarks Association of St. Louis or The Alzheimer’s Assocation appreciated.

Private service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Landmarks Association of St. Louis or The Alzheimer’s Assocation appreciated.


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    Anonymous says

    To Marty’s family, So sorry to hear about Marty’s death. I was at Innsbrook when he was the driver for them and grew to really enjoy talking to him. He knew a lot about my long-time neighborhood–Lafayette Square.
    After he retired, I ran into him one night at a little restaurant in the Fox Neighborhood. He told me his brother, I believe, had a shop of some sort, right across the street from there. We promised to get together after that.
    Later, I somehow found out he was at the Altenheim and visited him numerous times there before the Pandemic. I called today to re-establish our connection. He seemed in pretty good health when I last saw him. I am so sorry.
    Please accept my condolences. I will miss him.
    Duke Haydon

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    Sophia says

    My sincerest condolences to Mr. Marty powers family

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    Jim Muth says

    Dear Joe, It is so sad to hear about the death of your father, I know how much he meant to you over the years. I heard you speak so often of his tremendous kindness. He is now in his final resting place with the father of all in Heaven one with his creator. Pat and Jim Muth

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    Jim Blumenfeld says

    Dana and family. So very sorry to hear of Marty’s passing. I hope you find joy in the sharing of his memory. With condolences.

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    Chip & Laura Shanle says

    Dear Joe, Dave, Dana, Marty and all of your family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss and as someone that has so recently lost a loving member of our family, we certainly understand your heartbreak and sadness. We hope your family will come together at this time and console each other in this time of loss. Marty was a wonderful man and person and deserves to rest in peace.

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