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.