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Kraft Funeral Service

708 East Spring Street, New Albany, IN

OBITUARY

Wilbert “Will” Julius Block

April 12, 1925July 21, 2020
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Wilbert “Will” Julius Block, 95, died Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at home in New Albany, Indiana surrounded by his loving family. Will was born on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925 at home in the Germantown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky to the late Estella Renn and John T. Block, Sr. In his youth, Will delivered the morning and afternoon newspaper in his surrounding neighborhood while attending St. Elizabeth Catholic School, from which he graduated in 1939. Weeks upon graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1943 at the age of 18, he received his ‘greetings’ from the U.S. Army, where he served under General MacArthur and remained a proud World War II Veteran throughout his life. Upon leaving the service, he began a 42 year career as Pay Master at LG&E where he met the love of his life and future wife of 68 years, Rose (Tinius) Block. Rose and Will married and settled in New Albany, where their family life centered around St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church and instilling in their nine children a deep connection to Catholic values and faith. The family continued to foster this connection through their patronage of Providence High School, which all nine children attended from 1967-1985. In the years leading up to his retirement in 1987, Will led an active life enjoying fishing and outdoor picnics with family, reunions with cousins, golfing, attending sporting events, and participating in church activities. During his three decades of retirement, he continued his life of service as an involved parishioner at St. Mary’s and through active membership in the St. Mary’s Men’s Club, as a Grand Knight in the Cardinal Ritter Council Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. Additionally, at the time of his passing, he was the oldest living active member of the VFW Post #1693. Along with faith and family, Will’s life was filled with many happy memories as a professional bingo caller, a banana tree grower, cheering on his grandchildren as their #1 fan, and of world travels to Alaska, Rome and especially returning to General MacArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane, Australia where he was stationed during WWII. Will celebrated his first and last birthdays on Easter Sunday.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter Mary Ann Reed; granddaughter Stacie Block; and siblings John “J.T.” Block and Dorothy Bayens. Will’s survivors include his wife Rose (Tinius) Block and children, Dan Block (Susie), Patty Geswein (Jim), Susan Block, Nancy Miller (Kevin), Bill Block, David Block (Sandy), Janie Block Spitznagel, and Rosie Block Shannon; 22 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren; and son-in-law Steve Reed.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2020 and after 9 a.m. Monday at Kraft Funeral Service at 708 E. Spring Street, New Albany, IN. Will’s Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020 at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church, New Albany, IN with burial to follow in the church cemetery with Full Military Honors. For those unable to attend in person, the mass will be live-streamed on St. Mary of the Annunciation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stmarysnewalbany.

While paying your respects in person, the family asks for your support in helping to keep everyone safe and healthy by wearing a face mask and observing social distancing.

Expressions of sympathy in Will’s memory may be made to: the Providence High School Endowment Fund in memory of Rose and Will Block or to St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 26, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, July 27, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, July 27, 2020

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Kathryn Lange

July 28, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. We only knew Will from the past three years as we met at Cracker Barrel in Corydon with retired LG&E employees. He was always talkative, gracious and fun. Please give Rose and the family our condolences. We only found about his passing today. Kathy & Terry (Taco) Lange.

Jim Bourne

July 26, 2020

Linda and I admired Will and Rosie for many years, but only became close friends in recent years when we became part of a Sunday after-Mass brunch group at Daisy’s restaurant. We will treasure those conversations as we “broke bread” with them and other older parish members. Will was such a gentleman and was so attentive to Rosie. He was a model Christian husband, father and friend. We know he rests in peace.

Theresa Dale

July 26, 2020

I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan, Jesse and all of the family! Your Dad and Grandfather truly sounds like a wonderful man who served our country, wife and his family in amazing ways! God bless you all as you say goodbye, until you meet again! Many blessings, Theresa. ❤️

Janice (Colin) & David Scott

July 23, 2020

They say "Where there's a Will, there's a way". And today we pray that Will's in heaven already to stay. Memories cherished a proud and loving life and Rose will be remembered as a kind and loving wife. Bowling manners and to all the Colin clan they seemed a common "strike" that sometimes connected and clashed. Loved him calling Bingo and announcing B8. (My favorite number was that since I was born on Dec. 8th. What's understood never needs to be explained. My heartfelt sorrow for there's always tomorrow. Prayers to all of you.

Ken Adams

July 23, 2020

Worked next door to Willie at LG&E for years. Used to ride to work with him. Sweetheart of a man everyone loved and respected him. So sorry to lose him

Kathy Dezern

July 23, 2020

I have so many good memories of growing up and living next door to the Block family. One of my fondest is when Mr. Block would make homemade peach ice cream with the fresh peaches from their tree. Best ice cream ever!! Some of the best memories were spent with them.

Patty Ballard

July 23, 2020

Please accept my sincere sympathy. Everyone who knew your Dad loved him. He had such a kindness about him. I have many memories of your Dad (and your Mom) from St. Mary's. They were a prefect example of a loving, committed marriage. Your Dad was always so kind to my special brother, Alan Klein. I know that all of you will be strengthened by the faith your Dad passed on to you. Peace to all.

Mary Pettit

July 23, 2020

I really enjoyed when I was serving mass at St. Mary’s for the daily morning mass, that Will often after mass would tell stories about his family, or what he was doing that day, or memories of his childhood, his work life as we gathered in the sacristy with Father Tom . I felt like I was part of a special group to be included in the chat. Thanks Will!

Darryl Evans

July 22, 2020

I remember your dad as a good man and father, with patience like Job
To raise so many wonderful children and raise them with a Catholic education and foundation, and to live that way of life, meant he really believed it and lived it

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