The man in the cowboy hat won’t be seen in Kenyon or Dennison anymore.
William “Bill” Blose was killed on the morning of April 10 when the Ford Five Hundred he was driving crossed into eastbound traffic, colliding with a tractor trailer.
The State Patrol reported that both Blose and the semi driver, Allen Robert Patrin, of Zumbrota, were wearing seat belts. Patrin was uninjured.
Kenyon Chief of Police Lee Sjolander described Blose as a colorful individual who split his time between an apartment above the old Home Plate Cafe on Second Street in Kenyon and a farm in Dennison.
Blose was very social and well-known in both towns. He could be found walking in Kenyon with his beagle mix dog, Jimmy. Coincidentally, his dog was hit and killed by an unknown driver on Red Wing Avenue in Kenyon just days before.
Sjolander said Blose took the pet to the Kenyon Vet Clinic and prepaid for cremation.
Barber Dick Thiesen said Blose was “smart as heck” and that he grew up and attended college in Pennsylvania. Health complications ended his employment as a steel worker. Work as a grain buyer brought him to Minnesota.
Blose was good friends with Dennison farmer Jim Tracy and served as his caretaker and farm hand for five years before Tracy’s death in April 2014, following a stroke and dealing with Graves disease for many years.
An October 2014 Northfield News story described how Tracy bequeathed the farm — some 200 acres north of Dennison — to the Randolph FFA and Minnesota State FFA, but left provisions that Blose could farm there until he retired from working the land.
Thiesen said Blose had stopped farming about a year ago.