SAVANNA—John Eldon Powell, 83, of Savanna, died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport, Iowa.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna. Burial will take place in Clinton Lawn Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at

John was born July 19, 1935, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Maitlin and Violet (Hartson) Powell. He graduated from Clinton High School.

John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1961. On May 10, 2008, John married Florence Bevins in Savanna.

John worked as a carpenter for most of his life. He also worked in maintenance for Mercy Hospital in Clinton and Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna for 10 years.

He also helped install the old-fashioned light poles on Main Street in Savanna. John was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. He loved spending time outdoors fishing. He had a big heart and enjoyed helping others.

John will be dearly missed by his wife, Florence; two sons, Brian (Bonnie) Powell and Blake Powell of Clinton; two stepsons, Edgar (Niki) Bevins of Minook, Ill., and Richard Bevins of Florida; one granddaughter, Amanda (Matt) Huizenga; and a great-grandson, Colton.

John was preceded in death by three brothers; one sister; and two sons, Brent in 1998 and one at birth.