Services for Woodrow “Woodie” Blosser, 89, will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Billings Funeral Chapel in Woodward, Okla., with burial at 2 p.m. in Capitol View Cemetery near Elmwood, Okla. Lowell Long will officiate.

Woodrow Wilson Blosser was born March 21, 1916, to William Alvin Blosser and Lydia A. Plain Blosser in a sod house on the plains of Beaver County, Okla., and lived for a time in a dugout.

He died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, at Crystal Wood Nursing Center in Woodward.

His youth was spent as a cowboy – driving cattle across the plains and gentling horses. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. Over the years, he worked as an auto mechanic, a truck driver and a rancher. He married Glendena Smith Jones and they lived in a number of Oklahoma communities including Ponca City, Forgan, Enid, and Geary, where he was the first foreman of the Groendyke Ranch. He was a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn and was baptized in 1963 at Homestead, Okla. They moved to Woodward in 1978.

In later years he was known by many as the windmill man, driving his aging pickup from pasture to corral, repairing windmills throughout Northwest Oklahoma. It was a treat for him as well as them when he could take along one of his grandsons for conversation and a helping hand. Jeremy Palmer and Christopher Blosser both straightened windmill wheels at their grandpa’s side.

Woodie repaired windmills most days even into his late 80s, climbing towers to keep a wheel turning and water pumping. He was returning from a windmill repair job in September, 2004, when a county commissioner running a tractor with a front-end loader failed to stop at a stop sign and struck Woodie’s pickup.

Woodie, 88 at the time, suffered a broken neck and several other broken bones and injuries. He never recovered, spending the rest of his life wearing a neck brace and using a walker or a wheelchair. The death of his grandson Jeremy on Jan. 20 broke Woodie’s heart. He died three weeks later.

Woodrow was preceded in death by his parents, his 11 brothers and sisters, sons Ken and Ron Blosser, stepsons Jerry and Charles Jones, grandson Jeremy Palmer and great-grandson Kolton Blosser.

He is survived by his wife, Glendena, of the home in Woodward; son Randy Blosser of Enid, Okla., stepson Bob Jones and his wife, Charlotte, of Fairmont, Okla., daughters Glenda Blosser of Woodward and J.B. Blosser Bittner and husband, Marshall, of Mutual, Okla.; sisters-in-law Lorene Blosser of Farley, N.M., Bethene Blosser of Tryon, Okla., Beth Hanson of Kiowa, Kan., and Nila Martin and husband Tom of Del City, Okla.; daughters-in-law Kay Blosser, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Martha Blosser, Holbrook, Ariz.; Sue Jones, Durant, Okla.; and Norma Jones, Vici, Okla.; grandchildren Lee and Shelley Tuxhorn and Anna of Bryant, Ark.; Michele and Nick Heaton, Destini and Nicole of Port Angeles, Wash.; Christopher and Larisa Blosser and Cason of Enid; Jessica Bittner of Mutual; Lisa Palmer, Logan and Jaden of Enid; Rita Kay McCurtain of Oklahoma City, Grady Bedell and family of Oklahoma City, Sherry Littke and family of Colbert, Okla.; Kim and Robert Jenkins, Ken and Beage of Corbett, Ore.; Karla Raccasi and Kameron, Kathleen Brassfield, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Krystine Blosser, Brandi and Kelsie of Boxelder, S.D.; Ronnie and Cheri Blosser and Talisa and Harley, Joseph City, Ariz.; Rhonda and Doni Root and Kaylynn and Cody of St. Robert, Mo.; Boyd Jones of Guymon, Okla.; Tina Robb of Wichita, Kan., Bill “Bryce” Jones and Ryan of California; Shelly Jones and Amber and Karen of Enid; Rob and Becky Jones and Jesse, Richard and Hannah of Enid; Martin and Jane Jones, Courtney and Hunter of Mutual; Glynn Jones and Nicole, and Andrew of Viola, Kan.; Bryan and Jennifer Jones and Dylan of Mutual, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families.

Visitation will be at Billings Funeral Home, 1621 Downs Ave., Woodward, Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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