SALEM - Walter J. "Toby" Blythe, 88, of Coral Springs, Florida, died at 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at his home.
He was born April 25, 1924 in Newgarden, Ohio, a son of the late Thurman Oliver and Margaret (Little) Blythe.
Toby worked for Inverrary Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as supervisor of maintenance. Prior to moving to Florida, he had worked at Loudon Ford, where he sold and worked on tractors for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
He was a member of the F&AM Lisbon/Hanoverton Masonic Lodge, member of the United Local School Board for nine years, former member and deacon of the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Coral Springs, Florida.
His wife of 64 years, Kathryn Ann Loudon Blythe, preceded him in death Sept. 13, 2005.
Survivors include a son, Gary Blythe of Hanoverton; a daughter, Bonnie (Mitchell) Brenner of Weston, Florida; two granddaughters, Julie (Scott) Fanelli and Stacey (John) Hett; and three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Andrew and Norah.
He also was preceded in death by two sisters, Maxine Blythe McKarns and Hazel Blythe.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Allmon officiating. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to the services on Saturday. Masonic services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Hanoverton with full military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church, PO Box 127, Hanoverton, OH 44423.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family at www.starkmemorial.com.