George A. Bleyle, Jr.
Hudson - George A. Bleyle, Jr., of Hudson, OH, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021, at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson at the age of 78. A Hudson resident since 1978, George was born the son of George and Caroline Sweet Bleyle on Aug. 24, 1942 in Englewood, NJ, Upon graduation from Tufts University in 1964, he was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy, earning the gold wings of a Naval Aviator in 1966. He married Jane in 1965, their marriage lasting 47 years until her passing in 2012. Joining United Airlines in 1971, he moved his family to Hudson in 1978. He retired from United in 2002, having flown five different airliners during his 34-year career, including the Boeing 777 as captain. In addition to his day job with United, George also found the time to remain active in the Naval Reserves, commanding an Akron-based reserve unit that augmented to a joint staff in Japan. Although a non-flying billet, it became one of the most rewarding assignments in his 26-year Naval career and culminated with promotion to Captain. He put on the uniform for the final time in 1990, when he commissioned his son into the Navy.
Retirement from United at age 60 in 2002 came much too soon for George, but he quickly found new passions, including instructing in Cessna's at Kent State University Airport, flying floats from Maine lakes, and volunteering over 5000 hours as a Brakeman and Engineer on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. But his greatest joy in retirement was spending summers on the waters of western Lake Erie aboard his 45' trawler, Triple7. After 23,000+ hours of flight time above the clouds, he decided 7 knots at sea level was fast and high enough! George was also an avid jogger and stamp collector. He will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his son, Michael (Carol), and three daughters, Alison McKenna (Mike) of Hudson, Jill of Uniontown, Sarah, two granddaughters Caily and Mae, and four grandsons Colin, Aidan, Charlie, and Macklin. A service in George's memory will be held June 26, 2021, 11:00am to 12:00pm at the MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Pkwy, North Canton, OH (mapsairmuseum.org). His family requests that any donations in George's memory be made to Wounded Warriors (support.woundedwarriorproject.org). Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home Hudson, OH. www.johnsonromito.com
Posted online on June 15, 2021