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John Charles Power, 74, died suddenly of cardiac arrest in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 23, 2017.
He was born in Sherman, Texas, to William Horace Power and Mary Adeline (Boland) Power. He grew up in Caddo and McAlester, and graduated from McAlester High School in 1961.
After receiving a BA from Oklahoma City University, John served in the United States Navy and the American Red Cross in Okinawa.
Moving to Chicago in 1968, he received a masters degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1974, and an associate degree in nursing from Harry S. Truman College in 1981.
He worked for many years for the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) as a psychiatric nurse and social worker, retiring in 2015.
He also volunteered over time with a variety of Chicago social service, humane and social organizations. John loved his garden and reading, including mystery novels and books about history, medicine and quantum physics.
John is survived by his brother, Jim, of Overbrook, Kansas; his niece, Celeste Power, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; nephew, Max Power, of Beaverton, Oregon; his cousins, Bobbie Jo Peterson, of Pottsboro, Texas, and Monique Belzung, of Dallas, Texas; his husband and partner of 40 years, Raymond Terry Tatum; his partner of 21 years, Robert A. Novak; his kitties, Scooter, Sass/Sweet Pea, Tommy, Fluff and Geebers; outdoor cats that he cared for, including Mom Cat, Brewster, Castor and Tortie, and friends that he cherished. He is also survived by several Turnbull family cousins of Choctaw lineage.
John was one-quarter Choctaw on his mother's side and took great pride in his Native ancestry. Donations in John's memory may be made to the John C. Power Endowed Scholarship at the American Indian College Fund (www.collegefund.org).
A memorial celebration of John's life is being held on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites meeting room, 1811 S. Peaceable Rd., McAlester (information - Terry at rttatum2@att.net).
Published on November 19, 2017
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