Lynne Blinco Earle

Posted on Sunday 2 February 2014

Following a phone conversation with Richard Earle, it is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Sunday morning January 29, the Grunion Family has lost one of our most dedicated family members. Lynne Blinco Earle passed away peacefully in her home in Gilbert, Arizona with her devoted husband Richard by her side.
She was the niece of USS Grunion’s Electrician’s Mate 1st Class, Ryder Mathison and was dedicated to his memory and willing to help with our Grunion tributes in every way possible.
May perpetual light shine upon her and may she rest in peace.
To honor Lynne there is a comment section at!/Obituary

Mary Bentz.

5 Comments for 'Lynne Blinco Earle'

    Jill Alexander
    February 2, 2014 | 8:11 pm

    I was first introduced to the Ryder Mathison story by Lynne, my Dear Sweet cousin, about 3 years ago. I attended a presentation she and Richard were giving up in Scottsdale, Arizona at a Golf Country Club.
    I had always wanted to know about the story of Ryder, and here was my opportunity to meet Lynne and Richard for the very first time. I had only lived in Arizona for 6 years and did not know how to contact Lynne until that day. My thanks to Jana for giving me Lynne’s phone number that morning of the presentation.
    What a fabulous presentation it was and I enjoyed every minute of it, me being a genealogist on our family! I found Lynne and Richard to be the kindest people I had ever known and would continue to be extremely close to Lynne in the years to come. We were in constant contact after that and called and had many visits, which I cherish every moment of. We became very close, enjoying a lot of the same things, especially our love for animals.
    I miss Lynne more than words can ever express. She was like a sister to me. I will never forget her kindness and wisdom about life and will miss her always. A part of me is gone as I think about the time we spent together. We were so much alike in so many ways, and we could almost finish each other’s sentences. I feel an emptiness in my heart because Lynne is an angel up in heaven looking down on us. But I have to always remind myself that she did not suffer and had such a wonderful husband taking care of her to the end. Lynne will always have a place in my heart and she will never be forgotten by me! I am blessed to have known her.
    Much love and admiration, Jill Alexander

    Carol Denmead
    February 2, 2014 | 10:45 pm

    My little adorable sister was born when I was 11 years old, and I helped teach her walk and talk. She was the smartest and prettiest little girl I had ever seen. As a teenager, I took her everywhere I could, along with my other little sister Beverly. Lynne was so wonderful to my children and they loved her so – she took them on trips and backpacking and swimming. She jointed us on our trips to Disneyland, and once to San Francisco. I do not know how I will get along without her, and hopefully Richard will keep me as a friend because she was married to the greatest guy. He kept such good care f her to the end.
    Another angel Is in heaven now – my dearest little darling sister Lynnie

    richard earle
    February 3, 2014 | 1:44 am

    I lost my earthly companion of nearly 18 years. Lynne brought energy and light to my life and opened my eyes to so many things. I lost a spirit who gave me guidance by example and with love. She chose me wherein no one else had ever done that before. What more could a human being ask for.than to be desired. We worked as a team and traveled as companions seeking adventure and sunsets. She will mingle with the Grand Canyon shortly and also return home to her Sioux City to join her beloved parents. I have a hole in my heart and my soul but I am so much better having walked with Lynne, on this earth, than if I would have walked alone. Lynne I will always love you and will seek your spirit when it is my turn, Your husband and conpanion, Richard

    Jana Rolfes
    February 4, 2014 | 3:44 am

    I knew Lynne from Sioux City, Ia where we both grew up. She was the niece of my Aunt Fran and her 1st husband Glenn Mathison. We played music in the summer band together. Lynne was always so kind, caring and positive and always had a smile for me and everyone. We kept in touch mostly over the phone through the years, but were able to meet in San Francisco once and in Sioux City once when we were both visiting there. I always enjoyed the phone calls with her. I am so thankful that we were able to see each other on the web cam recently. We talked allot about the good old days in Sioux City. Also I was able to help her a little with her Ryder Mathison presentation by putting together a book of photos and information for her. I will miss her so much, the talks we would have. Lynne also used to visit my Mother in Sioux City when my Mother was in a nursing home. I am so glad that Lynne and Richard met each other and got married. They are both such wonderful people. Someday we will all see Lynne again and I feel very honored and blessed to have known her. Jana

    Stephanie Haugen
    February 6, 2014 | 2:18 am

    It sounds cliche but truly, Lynne was a beautiful person inside AND out. I met Lynne and Richard many moons ago walking my Greyhounds one evening at the Riparian Preserve. Immediately, we connected and became fast friends over our love for the park, the animals, CATS, our Norwegian roots,…just to name a few. The last time I actually had girl-time with Lynne was over dinner at GREEN, our favorite vegetarian cafe. How this beautiful, inspirational, positive person could have already slipped away is beyond my comprehension. Since I received “the call,” I feel like I’ve been walking in a fog. Life IS short but what we DO with it while here matters. Lynne lived to make a difference whether it was spreading the word about feral cats in need to supporting the local politician trying to make for a better community, her passion was contagious. I will miss you, Lynne. And I will hug all my cats a little bit longer tonight in your memory. Love, Stephanie

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