Arlie J. Blood, U.S. Air Force Colonel, ret., was born on December 30, 1915 in Little Falls, Minnesota to James Blood and Minnie (Roneson) Blood. He entered eternal life on May 14, 2014, at home and surrounded by his family at the age of 98.
Arlie was born in a log cabin in Minnesota. After losing his mother before his second birthday, Arlie lived with several different family members throughout his young years. He came very close to death several times in his life including contracting diphtheria at the age of 7 and almost freezing to death, literally, when he got caught in a blizzard at 13.
Arlie met the love of his life, Lucille, as she was out looking for her lost dog. They were living in the Los Angeles area at the time. Lucille was six years younger than Arlie and still in high school, so he patiently waited until she graduated before asking for her hand in marriage. They were married on February 16, 1941. Arlie was working for North American Aviation at the time.
Later that year, Pearl Harbor was bombed and the young couple's first son was born. Arlie immediately applied to join the Army Air Corps and help his country.
While serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, Arlie was shot down over France and evaded capture with help from the French Underground before fighting with the French Resistance. He later became a prisoner of war and was almost killed by the Germans; but escaped and helped liberate two French towns in the process.
Although Arlie and Lucille bought Canyon Lake property in 1968, at its inception, they lived in Taiwan due to Arlie's job with Northrop. They finally had their home built on the property in 1978, but purchased a waterfront home in 1980 at Arlie's retirement, where they lived ever since.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Richard Blood..
Surviving are his loving wife of 73 years, Lucille Blood; sons, Stephen Blood, Michael Blood and Jay Blood; sisters, Leone Folkens and Donna; and 4 grandchildren, Dustin, Sarah, Tayler and Cameron.
Arlie wrote an autobiography of his life in a book entitled: "Only Angels Have Wings"
Services were held on May 21 at National Cemetery in Riverside. A celebration of life was held at the Canyon Lake Country Club on May 22.
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