James A. Block, 83, Jasper

James A. BlockJames A. Block, 83, of Jasper, died Friday (December 13 at his home. He was born December 14, 1929, in Louisville to Albert and Clara (Buechler) Block. He married Florentine “Marge” Giesler September 3, 1955, in Holy Family Catholic Church in Jasper.

Jim was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during the Korean War and served many years in the Indiana National Guard. He retired from Jasper Rubber Company where he worked for over 40 years. He was past commander of VFW Post 673 in Jasper, serving on the military funeral detail for many years. He was a volunteer driver for the area veterans and was instrumental in purchasing the transportation medical van for the area veterans. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, VFW Post 673, American Legion Post 147, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 77, the Jasper Moose, and past president of the Jasper Kiwanis. He was also past president of the local Ducks Unlimited chapter and was a timer for Jasper High School track meets for over 40 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, and playing golf.

Surviving are his wife, Florentine “Marge” Block; two daughters, Pam Lueken and husband Wayne, Birdseye, and Angie Kleinhelter and husband Tom, Jasper; three sons, Steve Block and wife Ann, Jasper, Mark Block and wife Jan, Jasper, and
David Block and wife Terri, Capitola, California; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Rose Lee Denk, Jasper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Cyril Block, and one sister, Virginia “Ginny” Jones.

Funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church with burial following in Fairview Cemetery. The VFW Post 673 will conduct military grave side rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-KIuesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 77 will perform a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 77, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be made at www.becherkluesner.com.


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