The Legend” Robert “Bob” Lee Powers, 85, of Connersville, passed away early Sunday morning, October 9, 2022 at Reid Health, Richmond.

He was born September 15, 1937 in Connersville, one of two children of William and Katherine Smith Powers. He was a 1955 graduate of Connersville High School.

On June 18, 1960, he married the love of his life, Rosalie Brunsman, in St. Gabriel Catholic Church. They were always known as the “Power” couple. Rosalie passed away December 11, 2009.

Bob worked for General Electric in Sharonville from 1957 until 1961. Following his time at General Electric, he worked 38 years for the Connersville News Examiner. In 1961, he started as a sports writer, covering local sports, and eventually became the sports editor. Later, he was promoted to editor, a position he held until his retirement on December 31, 1999. During his career, Bob met many celebrities, including: Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Allison, Ken Griffey, Sr. and Jr., and others. Upon learning of Bob’s death, Betsy Ross, a well-known sports journalist, made the comment that Bob had a big influence on her career.

Bob was a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, the Country Club, the Sports Writers Association, and the Officials Association.

An avid sports fan, he loved officiating various sports for Connersville High School. He was always a devoted supporter and volunteer for CHS Athletics.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” (Jimmy) Hisle and Karen (Bob) Kalkhoff, both of Connersville; four grandchildren, Drew (Kaylie) Savoy, Nathan Kalkhoff, Sara Kalkhoff, and Scotty Savoy; a great granddaughter on the way, Sloane Savoy; two brothers-in-law, Ben (Reita) Brunsman and John (Claudia) Brunsman; a sister-in-law, Judy Brunsman; special friends, Dave and Peggy Bates, Judy Graham, and George Heineman and family; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Rosalie K. Powers; his parents; a grandson, Chris Savoy; a sister, Joan Powers; and a brother-in-law, David Brunsman.

Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2022 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Dustin Boehm at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Bob to St. Gabriel Catholic Church.

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