Lester L. Block

Lester L. Block, 94, of Sumner, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner, Iowa.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  

Lester LaVerne Block, son of Ernest and Hattie Hoepfner Block, was born November 28, 1918, at Sumner, Iowa. He was baptized January 26, 1919, and confirmed October 2, 1934, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. He graduated from Sumner High School. On December 18, 1941, he was united in marriage with Mildred Probst at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church-Richfield. The couple farmed for many years north of Sumner. Lester enjoyed fishing and camping with his family, pool and snooker at Snyder’s Tap, card games with family and friends, boating and water skiing, traveling, and wintering in Arizona. He had served as president of the country school board and as a deacon and council member at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.

In addition to his wife, Mildred of Sumner, he is survived by two sons, Wayne (Beverly) Block of Oelwein and Dennis (Rheta) Block of Sumner; seven grandchildren, Mike (Becky) Block of Calamus, Brad (Misty) Block of Cedar Falls, Randy (Linda) Block of Tripoli, Dan (Vicky) Block of Sumner, Tina (Mark) Hageman of Ft. Atkinson, Jeremiah (Tara) Fink of Sumner, and Nathan (Danielle) Fink of Oran; thirteen great grandchildren, Hailey, Jackson, Annaliese, Anderson, Piper, Brady, Blake, Dalton, Morgan, Dylan, Megan, Britney, and Raydyn 

Lester was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sharon Kay; his parents; one brother, Clarence Block; one sister, Alice Nauholz; and one nephew, Clarence Block, Jr.


Karen Peters (Necker) on March 26, 2013 at 6:54 PM said:

Mildred, So sorry to hear of Les's passing. Pat and I are so glad that we came by for a visit last fall. We still love to hear the fishing stories.
Ron and Deb Schmitz on March 26, 2013 at 5:37 AM said:

Mildred, Wayne, and Dennis, and your families. We are sorry to hear Les passed away. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We will always remember Lester as he always had a big smile on his face and had something good to say. Very friendly person.
Dean and Judy Zupke on March 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM said:

Mildred and Family, So sorry of hear of Lester's passing. God be with you and your family at this time. Always enjoyed it when we would run into you both and visit. Lots of fond memories from the old neighborhood group we use to coffee and play cards with. He will be missed by many but we do know he is in a better place and is at peace.

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