|Warren Franklin Blythe, 74, of Springfield and formerly Galesburg, Illinois, passed away at 1:53pm, Friday, November 27, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born June 5, 1935 in Galesburg, Illinois, the only child of Henry Lee Blythe and Mary Inez Blythe Ramey. He married Marilyn Marie Adcock in 1954 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death in 1962.
Warren is survived by his three children; son Richard W. Blythe of Springfield, daughters Diane M. Blythe and Linda A. Blythe both of Stephens City, Virginia; and six grandsons; Stephen Blythe of Springfield, Benjamin Frank, Andrew Frank, Alexander Frank, Christopher Frank, and Alec J. Blythe all of Stephens City, Virginia.
Warren was a 1953 graduate of Galesburg High School and attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Harvard University School of Business Management in Cambridge, Mass.
Mr. Blythe worked as a young man for the Illinois Power Co. in Galesburg, IL and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Later on, he and wife Marilyn moved to the Seattle, Washington area where he became a sales representative for the H.J. Heinz Co. and was later offered the job of assistant to the regional vice president of its Oakland, California operations. Due to his wife's illness in 1959, the family moved back to Galesburg to be near family in December of that year.
During Mr. Blythe's years in Galesburg he worked for a brief time as an insurance agent for the Illinois Farm Bureau. He spent 12 years with the Brown Specialty Co., starting in the warehouse unloading freight cars, eventually becoming a salesman and later the general sales manager. In 1972, he decided to go out on his own by purchasing the Galesburg Cigar & Specialty Co. He owned and operated the business for five years before eventually selling the operations to Eby-Brown Co. of Aurora, Illinois. After selling his business, he worked a short period of time for the Distillers and Brewers Distributing Co. as a sales representative. In 1978, Mr. Blythe was hired as the executive vice-president and registered lobbyist of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois. Warren retired in 1990.
Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Thursday, December 3, 2009 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Marilyn Anell officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Thursday at the Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg.
Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.