John Richard Blossman was industry, community leader

March 31, 2009 By    

John Richard Blossman, a well-known propane industry and community leader, died of cancer on March 30 at his home in Ocean Springs, Miss. He was 65.

Blossman, a native of New Orleans and resident of Ocean Springs since 1951, graduated from Yale University in 1966 and Vanderbilt School of Law in 1969.  Upon graduation from law school, he joined Blossman Gas Inc., the company founded by his father, E.W. Blossman.

From 1970 to 1972 he took a leave of absence from the company to serve in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam era.

At the time of his death, Blossman was chairman of the board of Blossman, which is now the 10th largest retail propane dealer in the country. Under his leadership during the past 40 years, Blossman Gas, which engages in the retail sale of liquefied petroleum gas and appliances in nine Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, grew from 14 branches selling 13 million gallons a year to more than 60 branches selling 70 million gallons. Its market area stretches from Southeast Louisiana to the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

A widely respected member of the propane industry, he served terms as president of the Mississippi Propane Gas Association and the National Propane Gas Association.

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