Richard Andrew Powell
August 6, 1968 – October 30, 2020
Richard "Andy" Powell was born to Jerry & Lynn Powell in 1968. His father's employment took the family all across the country, from Illinois to California to Overland Park, Kansas, and back to Illinois.
Andy attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Art in Marketing, while continuing to work in the computer/information technology field. His education was helpful in that field as he learned to explain complex systems to non-technical people, a skill that turned out to be highly desirable.
Andy traveled the country working for a variety of business clients as a consultant for CSC Consulting Group. He then took a management position with Health Care Services Corp. (BCBS of IL), where he had remained (on permanent sick leave) until his death.
Andy met his future bride, Kimberly, through a mutual friend & co-worker in Schaumburg. They married in 1996. The couple have two children, Kassie and Will. They have resided in their Glen Ellyn, Illinois home for over 22 years.
In February of 2003, Andy suffered a brain injury resulting from sudden cardiac arrest. After 7 months in various facilities, Andy returned home to his family, to be cared for by his wife and a variety of people who helped them. On October 30, 2020, nearly 18 years since his life had changed, he passed away quietly at home from complications due to chronic illness.
He is survived by his wife Kim, their children Kassie & Will, his mother and brother Jeff. He is also survived by his uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces & nephews, and many dear friends.
Andy's remains have been cremated and will be planted alongside a tree next spring in his honor. A celebration of his life must be delayed until next spring also, when it will (hopefully) be safer to gather.
Richard Andrew Powell
November 17, 2020
I worked with Andy at BCBS. He was a brilliant guy who did whatever he could to lead the organization and the people around him to reach their highest potential. He was a great person and I am lucky to have known him. God bless you Andy and have a peaceful rest.