Kenneth Paul Block Saturday, September 29, 1934 - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison announces the death of 82 year old Kenneth Block of rural Bellingham, MN who passed away on April 25, 2017 at his farm home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Madison. Rev. Steven Frank will officiate at the service and burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Arena Township. Visitation will be Friday afternoon with a public prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, Minnesota. Visitation will continue before the services on Saturday at the church. All military veterans are asked to meet at the church to form an honor guard. Kenneth Paul Block was born on September 29, 1934 to Paul and Elsie (Matthies) Block at the Madison, MN Hospital. Kenneth was baptized on October 28, 1934 at Zion Lutheran Church, Arena Township by Rev. Helmstetter. His sponsors were Arthur Matthies and Ida (Loose) Roeske. He and his sister Marlys confirmed their faith on April 18, 1947 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Arena Township by Rev. A. Affeldt. Kenneth graduated from Bellingham High School with the Class of 1952. Kenneth met Eleanor Jessen in 1956 while Marlys and Irvin prepared for their wedding. They corresponded via letters while Kenneth actively served his country in the US Army from 1957 to 1959, serving the majority of this time in Germany. They were united in marriage by Pastor A.C. Esch on June 6, 1959 at Tyro Township Lutheran Church, Boyd, MN, and shared 57 years of marriage. Kenneth and Eleanor moved onto the Block family farm, which became a Century Farm in 1989, and where they farmed and raised their family. Kenneth was a lifelong farmer, even after retiring from milking cows and actively crop farming. He continued to take great pride in maintaining the lawn and he would always have something to fix or tinker with "out in the barn". Kenneth worked hard, but always had time for family and friends. Kenneth Paul Block passed away on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home near Bellingham, Minnesota, surrounded by family, reaching the age of 82 years, 6 months, and 26 days. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Eleanor and their six children; Brian (Brenda) Block of Milbank, SD; Barbara (Lynn) Kluver of Pennock, MN; Larry (Lisa) Block of Stewartville, MN; Brenda (Terry) Sandquist of Hutchinson, MN; Kari (Tim) Falnes of Brooklyn Center, MN; and daughter, Sharie Block of Willmar, MN. Grandchildren: Heather (Kiel) Zinter, Heidi (Benjamin) Marxen, Christopher Block, Steven (Kaitlyn) Kluver, Mason Kluver, Brandon (Melissa) Block, Brady (Amanda) Block, Britten (Emily) Block, Lindsay Block, Andrew Sandquist, Molly Falnes, Jack Falnes and Megan Falnes. Great-grandchildren: Hailey and Kaci Zinter, Charlotte and Makayla Marxen, Madden and Joseph Block, Evelyn Block and Everly Kluver. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Marlys Jessen His confirmation verse was Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 11:00am

Service Details: The Zahrbock Funeral Home of Madison announces the death of 82 year old Kenneth Block of rural Bellingham, MN who passed away on April 25, 2017 at his farm home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Madison. Rev. Steven Frank will officiate at the service and burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Arena Township. Visitation will be Friday afternoon with a public prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Zahrbock Funeral Home, Madison, Minnesota. Visitation will continue before the services on Saturday at the church. All military veterans are asked to meet at the church to form an honor guard.

St. John's Lutheran Church

Ken Block made a courageous decision to forego chemotherapy or radiation treatment in order to stay at the farm and enjoy his final days. He died on the land his grandfather homesteaded 127 years earlier, a very familiar place where he was born, surrounded by loving family. During my final weekend with him (three days before his passing), I offered a brief bit of respite care to his daughter Brenda, who gladly took the opportunity for a quick nap close by. As her eyes closed, I clasped Kens hands and suggested that this might be the first time that I could actually beat that burly farmer in arm wrestling. He smiled, shook his head, and with a glint in his eyes he proceeded to display enough upper body strength for me to eat my words. He was a fine man. And he leaves a legacy to be admired by all, a wonderful clan of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Eleanor & family - thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time - may you find comfort and peace from the support of family and friends - "with each day that passes beautiful memories remain"

Our sympathies to you family.

Our sympathies to you and your family. God bless. 

Eleanor, may God comfort you and your family with the sure hope of a reunion in heaven.  God's love surround you now and in

the days to come.

Doris Belsaas

Shari and family,  Please know that you are in my prayers.  Loosing a parents is so difficult. Remember that God is with you all.

 

Eleanor and family - there is no words that cannot take the pain away; however, please know you have friends and family that are with you always - Prayers and thoughts be with everyone.  Kenny will be missed by many.