BLAINE EDWIN SOWERS, 89, of Leo, Ind., passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at home. Born Aug. 4, 1925, in Lapaz, Ind., he was a son of Victor O. and Dolly M. (Holland) Sowers. He graduated in 1943 from Lapaz High School and then served as a Navy Radarman on a minesweeper in the South Pacific during World War II. Blaine earned many citations and medals including the Silver Star. On June 13, 1948, he was married Esther Ruth Perkins in Warsaw; she survives. He graduated from Indiana University in 1949 and began his working career at Craig Trucking in Albany. Blaine also worked more than 30 years for the corporate headquarters of North American Van Lines, Fort Wayne, retiring from the position of President of Commercial Transport in 1984. He was a member of Leo United Methodist Church since 1962 and a member of Sons of the American Revolution. He was a fine amateur pilot and greatly enjoyed his hobby of restoring antique automobiles. Also surviving are his daughter, Kathie A. Kaufmann of Boliver, Mo.; son, Bruce K. Sowers (Brenda) of Fort Wayne; daughter, Kyle C. Zanker (James) of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Lowell E. (Elizabeth) Sowers of South Bend; and sister, Myrna M. (Willie) Hernandez of Van Wert, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Karen M. Deavel and Margaret R. Nicklas; brothers, Marvin V., Victor O. Jr. and Everett G.; and son-in-law, Kenneth M. Kaufmann. Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo, Ind., with the Rev. David Heim officiating and Color Guard presiding. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Leo United Methodist Church, 13527 Leo Road, Leo, Ind. Memorials may be given to Crossroad Child & Family Services or Leo United Methodist Church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes. To sign the online guestbook visit www.domccombandsons.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 19, 2014