- June 26, 1924 - November 10, 2007
- Indianapolis, Indiana
of Russell's Passing
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“Remembering and missing a Great man today! Russ spoke deeply into my life and the life of so many others. He was faithful to his God, his Family,...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Ernest - IN
“We are praying for the Blowers family during this time of mourning, and rejoicing for Russ as he is celebrating with his Savior. Russ leaves quite a...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Tracy & Beth Wright - IN
“I was so sorry to hear of Rev. Blowers' passing. He was the reason I joined East 91st Street Church. I was invited to attend a Bring a Friend to...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Sheryl Million - Indianapolis, IN
“I grew up in the 49.th st As ayoung boy i sat with my father the nite Russ interviewed. Russ baptized both my sister and myself. later Russ...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: dick Ganz - Fallon, NV
“This man always made me feel better about myself and edified my spirit when he spoke. I loved his sermons and I treasure my tapes of his sermons at...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Sally Dee Perry - Indianapolis, IN
“April 14, 1957--I was 9 years old when Russell Blowers baptized me. He was my childhood pastor and was a major influence in my Christian walk with...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Mary Ellen(Metsker)Lewis - KS
“What an awesome celebration of life at E91 yesterday~a beautiful 2 hour tribute to someone who truly was a man of God. Everyone's comments and...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Bruce & Carmen Cumbee - IN
“You are in our thoughts and prayers. We extend our sympathy and love to all the family and friends of Russ. He was our friend and mentor during his...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Gilbert & Betty Schreiber - IN
“When I first met Pastor Russ Blowers several years ago, I smiled. When I heard him speak at our church, I smiled. When I first heard of him going...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Jurgens - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Phil and Paul and families,My 83 year old father was also a WWII veteran and went to be with the Lord on November 1st-All Saints Day. He was a...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Donna and Dean McDonald - IN
“How fitting it was that Russ "graduated into Glory" on Veteran's Day weekend. Another of God's grand old warriors has gone home. What an...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Wesner - Roanoke Rapids, NC
“My christianity started more than 30 years ago when I attended Russ's bible school class at E-49th Street Church. Then on to E. 91st Street and then...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Melissa Butterworth Roberts - IN
“I send my sympathy to Phil, Paul and Susie upon the death of their father and father-in-law. I was one of Russ's first Timothys. I owe my own...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Dale Jacobs - Selbyville, DE
“Russ was a very important man throughout the globe, but in a smaller way, he was of global importance to me. He was one of my fathers in the faith,...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Steve Brooke - Portland, OR
“I not only knew Russ Blowers to be a wonderful man of God, but as a very special Uncle. I am so saddened to hear of his passing, yet rejoice for...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Kim, Kevin, Katie and Kourtney Baker - OH
“Russ Blowers was the finest Pastor I have ever known. I first came to know him well when it was my privilege to serve with him on the Billy Graham...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Henry S. Date - Greenwood, IN
“Russ knew my name as a high-schooler in the youth group many years ago, and that meant the world to me. His life was a portrait of Jesus for all to...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Kimberly Sole - Avon, IN
“Russ is one of God's Living Legends. I will always be indebted to him for leading me to find Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I believe that God would...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: chuck storm - Indianapolis, IN
“I was deeply saddened to find out that Russ had passed; he meant so much to me. I was one of the few blessed individuals to work on staff with him...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy Smith - Indianapolis, IN
“Russ Blowers was truely a man of godly character. My late wife and I were in seach of a spiritual home in 1991 and our family doctor from the...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Randy Lindsay - Indianapolis, IN
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Russ. I remember fondly my conversations with him when I was a student at Milligan and in recent years when...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Bob Hayden - Fullerton, CA
“My heart broke when I heard the news of Russ passing on. He was an Awesome man and an extraordinary man of GOD. As I look at the few postings in the...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Dave - Indianapolis, IN
“Mr. Blowers led me to christ when i was only eight years old. I am now 38 and it has meant everything. THANKYOU!
23 of 25 | Posted by: rebecca gilson - jacksonville, NC
“To Russ' Family:Though time has taken our individual paths in different directions, I will always have a special place in my heart for Uncle Russ. I...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Jonathan S. Cooksey - Anderson, IN
“Where do I begin with everything Russ has meant to me?He knew me....he remembered my name and he knew me. It didn't matter how large the church...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: jeanieflack - Fishers, IN
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.
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