William Blades Jr.

William "Bill" Ralph Blades Jr., 92, a lifetime resident of the Annapolis area and a four-year resident of Arnold, died of natural causes on July 2 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Bill was born December 31, 1921 to his late parents, Margaret E. and William Ralph Blades Sr. in Annapolis, where he graduated from Annapolis High School in 1941. He was deployed for 33 months straight during World War II as a Technician 5th Grade (Tech Corporal), in the Idaho National Guard, 1088 Engineering Depot 6, Combat Construction Battalion. Bill served in many of the Pacific Campaigns, including: New Caledonia, New Zealand, New Hebrides, Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. His awards included the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and World War II Victory Ribbon. From 1946 to 1987, Bill was employed at Shipwright, Petrini's Shipyard Inc. He was a life member of: the Elks #622, which included being a member of the Inner Guard and House Committee; the American Legion Post #7; and the VFW #304. He enjoyed watching Orioles baseball and Navy football, in addition to woodworking and gardening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles H. Blades. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Sadler Blades, whom he married on June 12, 1946; his daughter, Barbara Blades McDowell of Annapolis; sister, Mary Elizabeth Jensen of Harleysville, PA; two grandchildren, Cynthia Tucker Barnes (James), and William Ralph Tucker (Stacie); and seven great-grandchildren, Courtney McCartney, Brittany Barnes, Michael Barnes, Stephanie Tucker, Rebecca Tucker, Marianne Tucker, and Matthew Timmel. Visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 7, with an Elks ceremony at 7 p.m., at John M. Taylor Funeral Home Inc., 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 171 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Burial will follow at 12 Noon at Cedar Bluff Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on July 6, 2014