on July 14, 2014 - 5:59 PM
, updated July 15, 2014 at 4:43 PM
Nov. 7, 1930 – July 11, 2014
William L. Bleyle, of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired printer, Army veteran of the Korean War and rose enthusiast, died Friday in Rosa Coplon Living Center, Getzville, after a lengthy illness. He was 83.
Born in Buffalo, he served as a corporal in the Army’s 390th Infantry Division from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War.
He worked as a printer for The Buffalo News until his retirement in February 1992.
Mr. Bleyle was a long-standing member and served as president of the Western New York Rose Society, and at one time tended to more than 250 roses in his backyard.
He was a competitive grower, and his entries in rose shows won 50 Queen of the Show awards.
He also served as a judge at rose shows and was recognized by the American Rose Society as a consulting rosarian.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Emily Jankot; two sons, William and Robert; a daughter, Linda Markarian; a sister, Marian; and five grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Tuesday in Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Town of Tonawanda.