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drjonesn
11-04-07, 01:35 PM
Terry "Troy" Powers worked the night shift on the assembly line at DaimlerChrysler's St. Louis Mini-Van Plant for 13 years. While working nights on the line he obtained a degree from Webster University and got a job as a tooling Engineer. Dad was a proud UAW member for over 30 years. He never forgot his roots and always referred to the guys working the line as "The bread and butter of the company". In November of 2006 he was diagnosed with Diabetic Kidney Disease. On September 7, 2007 he passed away. Dad loved cars and never retired. For years he talked about getting a Corvette. His wishes were not to have a funeral or services. Next spring my brother and I plan to take his ashes home to Evansville, Indiana. This 96 triple black convertible Corvette will be his last ride to his final resting spot.....
"90MPH with our hair on fire" as he used to say.
http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/8317/3068afh1.jpg TTP 3/9/55-9/7/07
He wasn't just my Dad he was the best friend I've had or will ever have.
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XLR8
11-04-07, 04:31 PM
:welcome

Hi again and welcome!

That's a great story about your dad. I know he's looking over your shoulder smiling.

May he rest in peace.

:wJane Ann

billyz06-2003
11-05-07, 12:07 AM
Sorry to here about your fathers recent death, I'm sure he is very proud of you boys. as an after though welcome to the cac and good luck, Billy

drjonesn
11-05-07, 05:55 AM
Sorry to here about your fathers recent death, I'm sure he is very proud of you boys. as an after though welcome to the cac and good luck, Billy


Thanks Billy. My Brother is a systems engineer for a medical hardware/software company(super smart guy) I'm not quite as sharp as he is but have made a pretty decent living working on prototype aerospace projects and currently Fabricate control surfaces for F/A-18's.

Yes we made him very proud.

Great community and really great cars!

82ColEd
11-05-07, 07:11 AM
Sorry about your Dad passing.. Sounds like a great guy.


Welcome to the CAC!


:w
-Stefan

hoosierdaddy
11-05-07, 09:29 AM
Next spring my brother and I plan to take his ashes home to Evansville, Indiana. This 96 triple black convertible Corvette will be his last ride to his final resting spot.....
"90MPH with our hair on fire" as he used to say.


This is an awesome story and tribute to your father, a trip that sounds as if it may be bitter sweet but I am sure even though there are only 2 seats in the Vette he will be right there with you in spirit as well. An absolute trip of love for a fellow :BOW "hoosier" it just doesn't get much better than this.

Have a safe trip, Gods speed and welcome to the CORVETTE ACTION CENTER.

Bill :w

drjonesn
11-05-07, 11:11 AM
This is an awesome story and tribute to your father, a trip that sounds as if it may be bitter sweet but I am sure even though there are only 2 seats in the Vette he will be right there with you in spirit as well. An absolute trip of love for a fellow :BOW "hoosier" it just doesn't get much better than this.

Have a safe trip, Gods speed and welcome to the CORVETTE ACTION CENTER.

Bill :w

Thanks Bill, glad you liked the story. Bitter Sweet indeed. There is room for his remains in the middle like in the picture. Last X-mas the three of us were together four years ago. .
http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/8317/3068afh1.jpg

When I was a kid we would often visit my Uncle and his family in Evansville. Born in Indiana and a proud "Hoosier" Dad was quick to correct Missourians who used "Hoosier" incorrectly or as a derogatory term. Most Missourians don't know or want to forget the nickname we were given during the 1800's .....

"Puke"

Suddenly "Hoosier" doesn't sound so bad does it my fellow "Pukes"?

History of Missouri "Puke" link
http://mcj.bloghorn.com/1297
History of "Hoosier" link
http://alumni.indiana.edu/about/fun/hoosier.shtml

My Grandfather (life long UAW member) relocated to St. Louis, Mo with his wife and three sons in the 60's. Dad had sooooo many great stories, and if memory serves, Chrysler moved and Grandpa followed the job.

hoosierdaddy
11-05-07, 04:28 PM
Thanks Bill, glad you liked the story. Bitter Sweet indeed. There is room for his remains in the middle like in the picture. Last X-mas the three of us were together four years ago. .
http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/8317/3068afh1.jpg

When I was a kid we would often visit my Uncle and his family in Evansville. Born in Indiana and a proud "Hoosier" Dad was quick to correct Missourians who used "Hoosier" incorrectly or as a derogatory term. Most Missourians don't know or want to forget the nickname we were given during the 1800's .....

"Puke"

Suddenly "Hoosier" doesn't sound so bad does it my fellow "Pukes"?

History of Missouri "Puke" link
http://mcj.bloghorn.com/1297
History of "Hoosier" link
http://alumni.indiana.edu/about/fun/hoosier.shtml

My Grandfather (life long UAW member) relocated to St. Louis, Mo with his wife and three sons in the 60's. Dad had sooooo many great stories, and if memory serves, Chrysler moved and Grandpa followed the job.

Both my parents are gone, sometimes you don't know what you got until you don't have it anymore. Also thanks for the history update on "Hoosier" I did send that link to a few fellow Hoosiers.

Again have a safe trip and I know your father will like it too :upthumbs

Bill :w

Scott Winebarger
11-05-07, 04:50 PM
Howdy neighbor, that was a great story. Sorry to hear of your dads passing.

Erik S. Klein
11-05-07, 05:43 PM
Sorry to hear about your dad. I couldn't imagine a better tribute.

:Steer

bill81vette
11-06-07, 12:36 AM
welcome to CAC!!!
sorry about your dad!!!!

sounds like a great tribute!!!

BlackZ51Vett
11-06-07, 07:17 AM
Welcome aboard. Enjoy !!!! :beer

67HEAVEN
11-06-07, 07:29 AM
drjonesn,

First, welcome to the :CAC

Thanks for sharing your story with us. We all need reminders of the great importance of parents in our lives. Remembering how great our parents are (and were) gives us the encouragement to do our best with our own children.

You were lucky to have such a great father. :beer

Daryllawman
11-06-07, 04:18 PM
Hello and welcome to the Corvette Action Center.

billyz06-2003
11-06-07, 10:32 PM
chris, I wish i could help you more with your questions. have heard of just vettes but never used them and know nothing about them. there is susposed to be a good tunner in the city, on hampton near chippawa. they are called pbj there # 781-3135 and the guy i talked to was joe. they have a in floor dyno work on vettes and vipers:):):w:wBilly

jrose7004
11-07-07, 12:45 AM
Welcome to the forum!:w