|Birth: ||May 29, 1950|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 2008|
AUSTIN -- William Douglas "Bill" Blowers, 57, of Austin, died Friday, March 21, 2008 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
He was born May 29, 1950 to Clifford and Adeline (Douglas) Blowers in Mankato, Minn. He attended St. John's Lutheran Parochial School and Austin High School, graduating in 1968. While attending Mankato State University, he managed the MSU college radio station. He married Ramona Warrington in 1970 in Austin. They were later divorced. After completing his education at MSU, Bill worked as an announcer and engineer at various radio stations, including a station in Northwood and KAUS Radio in Austin. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church and past member of the Austin Jaycees, Bill enjoyed watching and listening to sports.
Survivors include his son, William Douglas Blowers, II, New Orleans, La.; mother, Adeline Blowers, Austin; brother, John (Joyce) Blowers, Farmington; sister, Betty Svendsen, Fort Collins, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford and a brother, James on Dec. 31, 2007.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Austin with The Reverend William Natzke officiating. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 28 at Worlein Funeral Home in Austin and at the church one hour prior to the service. The family prefers memorials to St. John's Lutheran Church or donors choice.
News obituary: Giving it his all
By KATIE JOHNSON
Austin Daily Herald
William "Bill" Blowers never let his disability prevent him from getting the most out of life.
As an advocate for those with similar conditions, Bill helped start the Mower Council for the Handicapped; was president of the Austin Jaycees and local American Heart Association; and worked at several radio stations in the Midwest, including KAUS.
"He always gave it his all to help," said his mother, Adeline Blowers, of Austin. "He used to say, ‘I don't know if I'm working full-time for the Jaycees or the radio station.'"
Bill was one of four children, raised in the same home Adeline, 90, lives in today on Fifth Avenue Southwest.
He attended St. John's Lutheran Parochial School and graduated from Austin High School in 1968.
In his early 20s, Bill was working for Mower County when he was involved in an accident — a tree struck him and caused lifelong health problems, including five back surgeries due to calcification. Some surgeries required him to wear a full body cast because his back had to be re-broken.
"He didn't want to ever look like he was disabled," Adeline said.
"Because he was handicapped he had a different perspective on people," said his sister, Betty Svendsen, of Fort Collins, Colo.
Bill later attended Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he majored in mass communications and business administration. He had many duties at the college radio station, where he won an award in 1980 for his contributions after he brought home an interview with entertainer Bob Hope from the state fair.
Hope had told the media there he wouldn't be granting any more interviews, and Bill wrote him a note telling him they shared the same birthday — May 29. He was granted an interview.
"Even presidents are nervous around me," Hope assured a nervous Bill when he met with him.
Bill would work in many capacities for radio stations in Preston, Wabasha, Woodbury and Maplewood, Minn. and Howard, Ill.; he even started a station in Northwood, Iowa — KYTC Radio.
"He did absolutely everything that was involved because he was the first manager," Adeline said.
Bill worked off and on for KAUS Radio in Austin until December 2007, and was particularly known for his Sunday night show. He was a salesman, technician andsports announcer as well as a DJ.
"He could help someone at the radio station from home," Adeline said. "He was the ‘trouble person.'
"He understood what made a computer work," she said. "He learned so much from helping people untangle things."
Adeline's husband, Clifford, helped start the Cedar Valley Workshop (now Cedar Valley Services), and Bill continued his father's work by founding the Mower Council for the Handicapped.
"He already had been identified with a disability," Adeline said. "His brother was disabled at the time. We were already involved with handicapped people."
Bill was also served as president of the local American Heart Association and Austin Jaycees, where he ran the Miss Minnesota pageant, Haunted House, and started the Austin Home & Vacation Show with John Riles, owner of Midwest Shows. Bill's claim to fame was starting the popular trout tank at the show, his mother said.
Ever the advocate, Bill was active in the DFL party, and had a close relationship with the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone.
"He was always willing to work, maybe when he wasn't well enough," Adeline said.
After Bill's health began to deteriorate, he was admitted to the Adams Health Care Center at age 57. Despite his ailing condition, he kept an upbeat attitude by singing "Happy Birthday" to the residents.
"He kept his attitude up until the end," his mother said.
"He was organizing karaoke parties," Betty said. "That's the way Bill was."
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