Family Login:

Arthur Powers

Share This Obituary

Memories & Candles

“Hi Michelle. My name is Robin Smillie and my mom and dad were Bob and Caroline Smillie. I was sorry to hear of your dad passing. My parents loved...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Robin Smillie - Traverse City, MI

“Best Boss I ever had......... and a Friend out side of work... Will miss You Chris Porter Chrysler ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Chris Porter - Highland, MI

“I'm so sorry for the family's loss of Art. But I know that he is happy to be with Dolores, Sharon, and David.I will always remember him at the lake...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Rooney - Stockbridge, MI

“He is in a better place now. He will be missed. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Terry Rooney - Pinckney, MI

“Will miss seeing you on lake fishing. Thanks for all your help with neighborhood association -K and B ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: R & K Schimmel's - oxford, MI

“Will sure will be missed!D ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: William &Letitia Gorski - MI

“May God Bless and keep you all in this time of sorrow. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Deena Edfins - Neighbor

“To Uncle Art,You always treated me like your own son, you never once judged me or treated me badly. You were very kind to my own sons and my wife. I...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Michael Logie - Warren, MI

Arthur Powers, age 79, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Oxford, Michigan. Arthur was born May 12, 1938 in Detroit, son of the late Paul and the late Angela (nee Czaplinski) Porvaznik.

Born and raised in Detroit, he proudly attended the iconic Cass Tech High School. In 1955, at the young age of 17, Art answered the call of patriotism and set off to serve our country as an airman in the United States Air Force. Serving from 1955 to 1959, he was stationed in Daytona, Ohio during the tail end of the Korean War. Ready to go at a moment's notice, Art was always willing to stand in harm's way for the sake of freedom, and in support of our valued allies. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we honor Art for his service and extend our posthumous gratitude for representing our country with esteemed pride.

The year 1959 was an important one for Art,…not only for the end of his military commitment, but it was also the year that his life was beautifully changed when he joined his true love, Dolores Basta in marriage and began their journey together as husband & wife. It was a love story meant-to-be as their relationship actually took root when they met as kids in grade school.

Art's employment history began with his stint as a salesman at Robinson Furniture,…which would eventually be replaced by his new career at the Chrysler Corporation where he worked as a draftsman. After over 30 years of dedicated service to the automotive giant, Art finally accepted his well-deserved retirement, leaving the company in the position of Drafting Room Supervisor. As for work away from the job, Art was quite handy and comfortable with carpentry, and also as a finish carpenter. Back in the day, he used those talents to construct cottages.

Art and Dolores were blessed to welcome 3 beautiful children into the world, all of whom are married and have children of their own,…their precious grandchildren. Art and Dolores built upon the comforts of home & hearth and raised their family in a house they built in Warren from 1962 until the year 2000, when they decided to relocate to the quaint and charming area of Oxford, Michigan to enjoy a home on the lake. They also had a cottage near Pinckney, (close to Hell) that was originally purchased by Dolores' parents in the 1940's. It was an extended family gathering place that the entire family enjoyed until 2016.

As for favorite pastimes, Art found great pleasure in the joy of the outdoors. Known for being an avid hunter and fisherman, he was a true Michigander who did well in taming both his fishing rod and rifle for the task at hand. And hailing from the Motor Capital, Art loved his fast cars and pick-up trucks,…especially his treasured Dodge Charger. As for something a bit more sedentary, simply sitting down in front of the television and taking in a good movie defined all kinds of fun and entertainment for Art. He was especially fond of the "old movies" that were rife with class and dignity, and the traditional westerns,…like his favorite, "The Man From Snowy River."

Yet of all the "favorites" in Art's life, nothing could ever compare to the love he held for his beloved Dolores. Following her death, he missed her something awful and often reflected on the wonderful gift of love they were blessed to share together. His last waking comment was how he was with her in a car and they were at a crossroad. Well, that crossroad must have been Heaven and they are, now, together again to begin their new journey together.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Art leaves behind a loving legacy for all to embrace who were blessed to know him. He touched a multitude of hearts and souls this side of Heaven, and impacted the lives of many with his unique and genuine sense of care. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Art was the beloved husband of the late Dolores J. (2011). Dear father of Michelle (Karl) Schneider, the late Sharon Olejniczak, and the late David Powers. Father-in-law of Keith Olejniczak and Karen Powers. Loving Grandfather of Laura Schneider, David Olejniczak, Lisa Schneider, Nicole Olejniczak, Brandon Powers, Kaitlyn Schneider, and Justin Powers. Brother-in-law of Bernadine Logie. Special uncle to Michael (Theresa) Logie and Mark (Melissa) Logie.

Visitation for Art will be held Wednesday, May 16th from 3-9 pm, with a 7 pm Rosary Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 1/2 Mile Rd.) in Warren.

Mr. Powers will lie in state on Thursday, May 17th from 10:00 am until the time of his Funeral Mass at 10:30 am at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 14025 E. Twelve Mile Road, Warren, MI 48093.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. (

Please share memories at Arthur's guest book above.