November 13, 2007
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Russell F. Blowers 83
. Born and raised in Ohio, Russ was the Senior Minister Emeritus of the East 91st Street Christian Church, where he was the beloved senior minister for 46 years.
A proud veteran of the Eighth Air Force, US Army Air Corps, in World War II, he returned from the service in 1945 and married the late Marian Eagon Blowers in 1946.
Russ held degrees from Ohio University and Christian Theological Seminary, and honorary doctorates from Milligan College (Tennessee) and Christian Theological Seminary.
A "naturalized" Hoosier, he was honored as an Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash. Russ was active in the Billy Graham Evangelizing Association, and served in organizing three Graham Crusades in Indianapolis, in 1959, 1980, and 1999. He was a trustee of Emmanuel School of Religion and Milligan College, and served on the boards of Food for the Hungry International and Christian Missionary Fellowship.
Retiring from the ministry in 1996, he was for a decade a faithful caregiver for his wife and best friend Marian, who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease until her passing in 2004.
Russ is survived by two sons and their wives, Phil and Susie Blowers, Fishers, and their daughters Shannon, Redondo Beach, California, and Alison, Fishers; Paul and Sandy Blowers of Elizabethton, Tennessee, their children Leslie and Colin Blowers, Elizabethton, Tennessee, Stephen Trivette (Kathryn), Charlottesville, Virginia, David Trivette (Jessica), Christiansburg, Virginia; and three great-grandchildren, Halle, Luke, and Savannah Trivette.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions to Emmanuel School of Religion, One Walker Drive, Johnson City TN 37601, or Milligan College, Milligan College TN 37682.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, 2007 at East 91st Street Christian Church, with calling there from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2007 and one hour prior to service on Thursday. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are being handled by Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Broad Ripple. www.flannerbuchanan.com
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