Basil W. Blethen, 84, died Tuesday, May 1, at Woodlawn Nursing Center in Skowhegan. He was born Nov. 30, 1927, in Thorndike, the son of George P. and Annie Blethen.

He was a veteran serving in the Army and Merchant Marines. He worked for Central Maine Power Co. as a lineman and then as a dispatcher, retiring in 1984. Basil married Julia  M. (Oakes) in August 1952, and she died in 2004. Over the years, he had many interests and hobbies and loved hunting, fishing, lobstering, digging clams, spending time with family and especially loved playing with his grand-, great-, and great-great-grandkids.

Basil was a member of the Rural Masonic Lodge No. 53 A.F. & A.M. in Sidney, 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite Body in Augusta and Portland, and a member of the Kora Temple Shrine of Lewiston.

Basil is survived by his daughter Barbara Chubbuck, and husband Fred of Benton; two grandsons, Chris Pelletier and wife Tracy of Oakland and Basil Marston of Waterville; two granddaughters, Julie Courtney and husband Amos of North Anson and Shelli-Jo Pelletier of Waterboro; five great-granddaughters, Kyra Pelletier of Oakland, Katrina Pelletier of Oakland, Lindsey Fisher of Sidney, Annie Rowe of Starks, and Deborah Rowe of Madison; three great-great-granddaughters, Patience Row of Starks, Gracelyn Rowe of Starks, and Roza Rowe of Madison; and one great-great-grandson, Andrew Rowe of Starks.

Basil is survived by three brothers, Stacy and Roger from Florida and Floyd from Virginia and a sister, Edith (Edie) Ladd of Belfast.

He will be remembered by a very special sister-in-law Beverly Rollins. He was predeceased by daughter Susan and three brothers, Burleigh, Perry and Parker, as well as two half-sisters, Pauline and Mildred.

A celebration of life will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Universalist Church, Easy Street, Pittsfield.

Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine, 04976.