William E. Block

August 2, 1929February 18, 2014
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William E. Block, 84, of Leawood, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Grace Gardens Assisted Living in Leawood, Kan. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Nativity Church in Leawood, Kan.

Mr. Block was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Seneca, Kan. He was a Marine Corp veteran and served in Korea with the First Engineer Battalion. In 1956 he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Kansas State University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. He practiced architecture in Atchison, Kan., for 15 years before serving as city architect for the city of Des Moines, Iowa.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Winterscheidt) Block of Leawood, Kan.; daughters Jayne Brungardt of Kansas City, Mo., Joyce Wall of Overland Park, Kan., Jill Canon of Kansas City, Mo., and Jana Tiano of Frisco, Texas; son Jay Block of Grimes, Iowa; and a sister, Grace Strathman of Seneca, Kan. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and was great-grandfather to six children.

Bill Block will be remembered as a man who dearly loved his wife, family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He chose to donate his body for scientific research.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association and the American Diabetes Association.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 22, 2014

William E. Block

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March 9, 2014

Dear Aunt Shirley, We were very sad to here about Uncle Bill. Fred and I still talk about our visit with you and uncle Bill for our honeymoon 31 years ago. We had many laughs and fun times with the two of you. In particular how Uncle Bill said that Fred called me 'Risey' because of his accent. All our love and prayers for you and the family. Love Rose and Fred Kruze, Townsville, Australia.

March 7, 2014

Aunt Shirley, Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. You two were just the perfect pair. His gentle demeanour and great sense of humour always made our trips to Kansas City memorable. We look forward to seeing you next year. Rollie & Wendy Winterscheidt. Kansas Avenue, Bridgeman Downs, Australia

February 28, 2014

Aunt Shirley, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the family pictures, Uncle Bill was smiling in every one.
Connie (Randel) Going , Liz (Randel) Watson and families
Santa Rosa, CA

Mary Jane (Block) Hunninghake

February 22, 2014

Shirley and family, You have our deepest sympathy. Bill was a wonderful person, I was lucky to have him as my Godfather. Our prayers are with you and your family.


February 21, 2014

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Block. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

Connie and Ed Fisher

February 20, 2014

Dear Shirley and family,
You and Bill are the most wonderful neighbors anyone could ever have and we'll miss Bill dearly. Our love and prayers go out to you and the family during this difficult time.

Connie and Ed Fisher
Tami Fisher and Brady

Julie (Don) Strathman

February 20, 2014

I'll always remember him as a kind and gentle man with the best warm smile.
My sympathy