Kenneth William Blowers
MANISTIQUE — Kenneth “Pepe” William Blowers, age 75, of Manistique, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Christian Park Health Health Center in Escanaba, with his wife and sister at his side. Kenny was born in Manistique on June 10, 1945 the son of William Franklin and Verna Mary (LaFreniere) Blowers. He was raised in Manistique and attended Manistique Area Schools graduating with the class of 1964 On June 2, 1992, Kenny was united in marriage to Carolyn Liblang on Mackinaw Island.
To say Pepe was an avid sports fan would be an understatement. He started out in high school sports playing pretty much any sport offered. He excelled in football and basketball, and Legion baseball during his high school sports career. After high school, Pepe went to Kalamazoo and worked for Titus Construction. He also worked for the Manistique DPW, and then went to work as a bus driver for Manistique Area Schools. He retired from the Manistique School System in 2007.
Kenny also worked in the summers for Schoolcraft County Public Transit, and after retirement, worked full time for another 10 years. Kenny was a member of St Francis de Sales Parish of Manistique. Pepe was always involved with sports, and played on the Jax Bar and Restaurant slo-pitch soft ball team. They traveled all over the state of Michigan and even won the State Championship. He also played on the city league basketball team and was a longtime Thursday night men’s league bowler. Kenny was proud of his extensive sports card collection and sports memorabilia.
He greatly enjoyed driving the Emeralds sports bus to the many events and games. He was an umpire for ladies softball, and coached Little League and Senior League Baseball for several years. Kenny was not so much into hunting and fishing, because it conflicted with his beloved Detroit Tigers baseball, Detroit Lions football, and Detroit Pistons basketball. If those games were on, that’s where Pepe was. Kenny was most proud of his family, and loved spending time with them. He was so proud to follow his grandchildren’s sports events.
Kenny is survived by his wife, Carolyn Blowers of Manistique; sons, Richie (Michelle) Blowers of Green Bay, Wis., Jason Blowers of Manistique; stepsons; Michael Perilloux of Manistique, Tim (Brandy) Perilloux of Ithaca, Mich. and Tom Perilloux of Portland, Ore.; sister, Kay (Terry) Chartier of Manistiquel seven grandchildren, Alivia, Addyson, step-grandchildren; Payton, Spencer, Emily, Carys, Nicholas; step-great-grandchild, Madalyn, and his former wife Brenda Weber-Sangraw. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, and in-laws; Charles and Carolina Liblang.
Visitation for Kenneth Blowers will be held on Friday April 9, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at St Francis de Sales Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon with Reverend Father Ben Paris officiating. Current COVID-19 restrictions will apply and masks must be worn. Burial will take place at the Fairview Cemetery in Manistique in the spring. Memorial contributions in Kenny’s name may be directed to the Manistique Area Schools Education Foundation, or the Emerald Sports Booster Club, or to the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter of Manistique. Fausett Family Funeral Homes of Manistique is assisting the family with the arrangements.