he became especially involved in the latter, and in 1999 he served as president of the Eastern Shore Art Association while living in Fairhope, Alabama. In the last three years before his passing, Blickwede won either first- or second-place prizes for watercolor painting in the statewide competitions of the Texas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.
Probably Blickwede’s most beloved activity during his retirement years was his leadership of a volunteer group for the U.S. Forest Service while residing in Green Valley, Arizona, during the 1990s. The “Hazardous Abandoned Mine Finders” was a group of eight retired men who devoted at least one day a week over many years to exploring a vast portion of the rugged and remote southern Arizona mountains in search of old abandoned mines, recording their locations and posting warning signs for hikers and mountain bikers in the region. The exercise, adventure, and camaraderie of those activities were certainly some of the main factors in his enjoyment of a long, healthy life.
Blickwede is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Meredith Lloyd, who continues to live in Houston, Texas; his son Jon Blickwede, also of Houston; daughter Karen (Kim) Knowlton of Pocatello, Idaho; and grandsons Jon Jr. (Jack), Jesus, and Rafael Blickwede.