Obituary of Earl Bliss

Son of Sidney Jared Bliss

(April 4, 1876 – February 5, 1930)


Earl Bliss, Former Riley Young Man, Dies At Detroit  

Riley – Earl Bliss, who passed away last week, will be remembered by the earlier settlers of Clinton County, by his musical talent.  The entire Sidney Bliss family, seven in all, were musicians of high character.  Earl, the third in the family, was born in Riley Township, April 4, 1876.  When he was 12 years old the family moved to Lansing [Michigan].  Here he remained until 1910, when he moved to Detroit.  While in Lansing he was foreman of the National Coil Company.  For many years he was leader of the band, and played in the orchestra in Baird’s Opera House.  He also traveled with a troop, which took him into the larger cities of the country.

On May 18, 1898, he was married to Elizabeth Montgomery, of Lancing [Michigan].  In the spring of 1910, he moved to Detroit.  For over 16 years he was division superintendent of the Studebaker Corporation in Detroit.  He was a life member of the Federation of Musicians.  He died in a Detroit hospital February 5, 1930.  Mr. Bliss is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, and three brothers Dean and Irvin of Detroit and Roy of Toledo, Ohio.

Funeral Services were held in Detroit, Friday, February 7, and in Lansing, Monday, February 10.  The remains were laid to rest in Mount Hope cemetery, Lansing [Michigan].