Obituaries: Richard Blew

Richard Blew, 70, of Ottumwa, Iowa passed away March 15, 2017 at the Iowa City VA Hospital. He was born March 9, 1947 in Wapello County, Iowa to Chastle and Helen Donaldson Blew. He married Rita Morrisette, she passed away in 2004.

Richard served in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He was a farmer and worked for the City of Ottumwa for many years. He enjoyed playing cards, riding motorcycles, country western dancing, and dressing up as Santa Claus for area nursing homes.

He is survived by a brother, Roger Blew of Glenwood, Missouri and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Richard’s wish was to be cremated. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday with the family present to greet friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to his family. Online condolences may be directed to