William Edward Blythe aged 96, was a 25-year resident of Bullhead City, passed away quietly Friday, February 28 th.“Bill” was born in Long Beach, CA along with his sister “Peg”.They were raised by their father, William Joseph Blythe.
He graduated from Polytechnic High School, Long Beach in 1941 and joined the US Navy in 1942. He was married to his long-time loving wife in 1943, Mary Thomas, for 50 years.Bill was initially assigned to a WWII minesweeper in the Atlantic, escorting cargo ships.He was reassigned to the Essex class aircraft carrier, the USS Ticonderoga in the Pacific theatre. The ship was hit by two Kamikazes, in January, 1945. He was able to come up from below, after the crew washed off the fire, dumped airplanes and extracted sea water from the third deck.
Repairs were made in Bremerton WA. The USS Ticonderoga fought to the end of the war and went into Tokyo Bay as the USS Missouri was leaving. After the Navy, he worked in several machine shops as a machinist, lathe operator, inventory control and customer service for many years before he and his wife, Mary, opened a successful waterbed business.He also stayed involved in his children’s activities throughout their school years as a PTA officer, Indian Guide leader, Boy Scouts etc.
Upon Mary’s passing, Bill moved to BHC in ‘95 and remarried in 2000. He worked part time at his son’s sign shop. Bill enjoyed fishing, boating, cribbage, traveling, Big Ticonderoga Reunions, RVing, Senior Circle, fixing things, laughing and especially dancing.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Diane Green Blythe, his three children: Barry (Lynnie), Daniel (Michele) and Susan Young; five grandchildren: Brad Nasser, Scott Blythe, Randolph Blythe, Deanna Downs (Tim), Brian Blythe; many great-grandchildren, his half-sister Sharon Schwartzkopf, and his second wife’s children: Mark Green (Renee), Georgette Green and Diana Green.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth, father William Joseph Blythe, Step-mother Frieda Blythe, older sister Vera Marguerite (Peg), half-sister Marie Greene, and step-sister Carol Bedford.
His celebration of life will be Saturday, March 21 st, 2:00 P.M. at Mohave Valley Methodist Church, 1593 Lipan Rd. In lieu of flowers, family requests donation be made to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W Bonneville Ave., Las Vegas, NV89106. Celebration services provided by Desert Lawn Funeral Home.