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Ronald J. Block, 69

Ronald J. Block, age 69, of Buffalo, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 31, 1943, in Buffalo, the son of Arnold E. and Ethel M. Topel Block.

Ronald graduated from Rockford High School in 1961.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army.

Ronald was joined in holy marriage with Arlis C. Marschel April 30, 1965, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pelican Lake. God blessed their marriage with two children.

Ron was formerly employed as a machinist at B & D Machine. He was currently employed at Cenex. Through the years, Ron also worked at Wayne’s Hardware, Klatt True Value, and Conoco/Tesoro. He was a past part-time Rockford police officer, and volunteered with the Rockford Fire Department, Rockford Little League, and Rockford Town Team Baseball.

Recently, Ron volunteered for “Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors” in Buffalo.

A lifetime member of Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ron was active on the council, as an usher, and in other ways.

He was a member of the Rockford American Legion, and later joined Buffalo American Legion Post 270.

Ron is survived by his wife, Arlis Block of Buffalo; children: Wanda (Nick) Kath of Buffalo, and Doug (Jodi Clifton) Block of Montrose; six grandchildren: Ben, Jessica, Daniel, Vincent, Jack and Trevor; brothers, Wayne (Sandra) Block of Maple Lake, and Michael Block of Albuquerque, NM; sisters-in-law Bonnie Block and Carmen Schroeder; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Ethel Block; a brother, David Block; and by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Maggie Marschel.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford with the Rev. Michael Barlow officiating.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Saturday, one hour prior to the services.

Casket bearers will be Randy Meyer, Mike Jeske, Mike Nix, Russ Point, Korey Klatt, and Wayne Tokkesdal.

Ron’s grandchildren were honorary casket bearers.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.