September 22, 1923 – May 27, 2017
Robert Keith Blyth, 93, Lawson, died Saturday, May 27, at Liberty Hospital.
He was born September 22, 1923, the son of Ulvin Gordon and May (Wholf) Blyth, in Orrick.
He was raised in Orrick and was a 1941 graduate of Orrick High School.After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy serving aboard the U.S.S. Kalinin Bay during the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the liberation of the Philippines.
He married Rosma Joann Branham of Orrick on May 19, 1951 in Orrick.
He retired from the General Motors Fairfax Plant in 1978 after 31 years. After retiring he moved from Orrick to Cape Fair. They later moved to Warsaw in 1996.
He was a member of UAW Local #31, Richmond V.F.W. Post 4398 and American Legion Post 137.
In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Sherry Blyth of Warsaw and David and DaVona Blyth of Lawson; a daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Steve Best of Hannibal; four granddaughters, Jennifer Blyth and Tim Coleman of Independence, Kerri and Jamie Powell of Liberty, Erin and Adrian Keller of Columbia, and Andrea Collette of Columbia; two great-grandsons, Liam Riley Powell and Blyth Robert Allen Powell of Liberty; a brother William “Bill” Blyth of Orrick; his brothers-and sisters-in-law, Dwight McMullen of Orrick, Sammy Max and Shirley Taylor of Orrick, Vickie and Jim Barger of Liberty, Beverly Branham of Orrick, and Norma Branham of Excelsior Springs; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Donald Kent and Opal Blyth; a sister, Wanda Bryan; two brothers-in-law, Bill Branham and David Lee Branham; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Joy Merriman and Sharon McMullen; and nieces and nephews, Dannie Kent Blyth, Donald Keith Blyth, Alice May O’Dell, Janet Robin Brown, and Jon Bryan.
A celebration of life is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, with visitation from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and services at 2 p.m. His nephew, Pastor Sean Hoeflicker will officiate.
Inurnment will be at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the South Point Cemetery Association, Liberty Hospital Hospice Care, or the Honor Flight program.
I’m so sorry for the families loss…thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sherry (Mckown) Lutjen