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.