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Richard Johnston Blythe

February 8, 1928 ~ January 3, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Richard Blythe Obituary

Richard Johnston Blythe, originally of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at his residence in Torrance, California on January 3, 2024, just weeks before his 96th birthday.                                     

Richard was born on February 8, 1928, the son of Paul Howard Blythe and Margaret Johnston Blythe. One of 13 siblings, Richard was preceded in death by all his siblings: Donald, David, Pierce, Robert, Paul, William, Michael, Helen, Frances, Mary, Corabel, and Patricia as well as great grandson Bentley Blythe, and wives Jean Winesburgh Blythe and Margaret Schultz Blythe.

Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Rinehart, a Cannon-class destroyer deployed to the Pacific Theater, and the USS Falgout, an Edsall-class destroyer deployed to the Atlantic Ocean. Having enlisted as a young teenager, Richard joined three older brothers to serve in WW II and he proudly claimed to have been the youngest sailor on his ships.

Richard attended Art School in Pittsburgh and made a career in various aspects of interior design. He lived an adventurous life, residing for more than 50 years in areas of southern California including Redondo Beach, Long Beach, and Torrance. He enjoyed sailing, playing cards, visiting Baja California, poker tournaments in Las Vegas, and his daily glass of white Zinfandel. Richard spent time reading and looking at family photos. He often spoke of his parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren while sharing memories of visits to Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and Florida. He fondly recalled taking his young grandsons, Matt, and Scott, on a deep-sea fishing trip off the coast of Mexico. He was known for sending beautiful clothing to his granddaughters, Chelsea, and Alyssa, on Christmas and birthdays. Richard shared his love of reading and history with his grandson, Morgan, as they spent much time discussing books, WW II, and Richard’s life as a young Navy sailor.

Richard is survived by his children: Joyce Blythe Corley and husband James, David Blythe and wife Tammy, Bryan Blythe and wife Kim; his grandchildren: Scott Blythe, Matthew Blythe and wife Brandi, Chelsea Curley and husband Andy, Morgan Blythe, and Alyssa Blythe; and his great grandchildren: Brooklyn Blythe, Aubrey Blythe, Jett Blythe, and Brennan Curley.

Richard’s memorial gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, at the Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home located at 194 E. College Street, Canonsburg, PA 15317. A funeral Service will immediately follow the gathering at 12:30 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Don Coleman officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA. Full military honors will be accorded by the VFW Post #191 Honor Guard and the United States Navy.  In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested, in memory of Richard, to any organization that supports U.S. veterans.

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Visitation
Friday
March 1, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home
194 E College Street
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Funeral Service
Friday
March 1, 2024

12:30 PM
Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home
194 E College Street
Canonsburg, PA 15317

Military Honors
Friday
March 1, 2024

1:30 PM
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies (Cecil Township)

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