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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m.  Wednesday at the funeral home
  • Funeral:  2:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Greenville

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Mr. Leo Edward Block, age 89, of Greenville, passed away Sunday evening, April 13, 2008 at Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital, East Grand Rapids. The son of Edward & Bertha (Kreeger) Block, he was born on Sept. 4, 1918 on his parents farm near Sidney. A veteran of World War II, Leo proudly served with the U.S. Army in the Asiatic-Pacific theater and aided in the liberation of Guadalacanal and the Solomon Islands, earning the Bronze Star and a Distinguished Unit Citation.

After returning home, he married Sheila Louise Johnson, at her sisters home near Sheridan, on April 14, 1951. Together, they raised two daughters while Leo worked as a union carpenter. As a member of the Professional Carpenters Union Local No. 100, Leo helped build many of Greenvilles fine homes, as well as Greenville Senior High School. While his family brought him the most joy in life, he also enjoyed tinkering in the garage, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and was an avid reader.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Diane; a brother, Edward Junior Block, a sister-in-law, Evelyn Christensen, and her husband, LaVern Christensen.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Sheila Block of Greenville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Norma & Phil Bard of Fennville, and Nancy & Dave Kluzak of Greenville; four grandchildren, Mark Bard of Alexandria, Virginia, Karrie Walker of Plainwell, Jeff Kluzak, and Kristine Kluzak, all of Greenville; siblings-in-law, Paul & Beatrice Wordon of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008 from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Greenville, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Military honors, rendered by the Lester J. Sitts V.F.W. Post 5065, will follow at South Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where envelopes for memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church will be available. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Leos online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on April 13, 2008 at 12:00 am


    04/26/2008 –

    Karen (Gunnette) Gardner

    Dear Sheila:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving care of Jesus.
    All my love,

    04/15/2008 –

    Wayne Dillon

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    04/15/2008 –

    Valerie Winther

    Nancy & family, You have our deepest sympathy. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. We wish for you fond memories and strength as you go through the days ahead. We are here for you. With love, Sherry, Julian & Val (H.R. dept at Rowe International)

    04/14/2008 –

    Marvin and Pat Christensen

    Our sympathies to the family from one of Leo’s Sidney baseball teammates from the 40’s and 50’s.

    04/14/2008 –

    Tony & Kris Bilello

    Dear Nancy and Family, We are sad to hear the news about your father. It is so hard losing a parent… We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers as you heal. God’s Peace and Love, Tony and Kris Bilello

    04/14/2008 –

    Deanna Kent Whitehead

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I know it is hard, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Lorie Hollenbeck

    Nancy and Family, Sorry to hear about your dad! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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