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Godspeed to a good and humble man

Elwood Powers, 92,  died recently and was put to rest today.

Steve Witter, who worked with Elwood's wife, Dorothy, long ago at The Spokesman-Review, delivered a beautiful eulogy. What was so moving about Elwood's life was this detail from Witter: "Though he was a man of great accomplishment, Elwood always considered it poor form to talk about himself. He was not fond of the word 'I".

Daily here, I get emails and press releases from people promoting themselves and wanting, sometimes demanding, press attention.

Though Elwood was a two-sport athlete -- basketball and football -- at University of Tennessee and a B-17 pilot who flew 25 missions over Nazi Germany, he always remained humble and didn't need attention or back-patting. His wife was one of Spokane's best-known journalists for years and Elwood was never threatened by her fame or acclaim. They shared a great love for 65 years.

They don't make 'em much like Elwood anymore. Godspeed, good man.

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