Howard Bloch


Bloch_howardHoward Lester Bloch age 90 of Westbrook, formerly of Fridley and Rush City, passed away Friday, May 31, 2013 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Westbrook Senior Center.

Visitation is one hour prior to services at the Center. Burial is in Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent via Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Howard Lester Bloch was born April 8, 1923 in Westbrook, MN to Herman and Caroline (Frank) Bloch. He attended School District #59 and Dunwoody Institute for machine shop. In 1946 he married Lorraine Warren in Jeffers. Howard served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1948 doing mine sweeps on the USS Greenlet. After the service, they moved to Minneapolis and also lived in Hilltop and Fridley until 1969. Howard worked for the Sioux Line Railroad and Great Northern which became Burlington Northern. After retirement from Onan, he moved to Rush City until 1978 and then to Westbrook in 1983 where he has resided since. Howard was a member of the VFW and Eagles Club. He enjoyed reading.

Howard is survived by his sons Kenneth Bloch of Columbia Heights and Bradford Bloch of Fridley; granddaughter Anna (Scott) of Scotland; great grandchildren Bayleigh and Harrison; step children: Bob (Carol) Taylor, Sandra (Cy) Fashnecht, and Ernie (Susan) Taylor and their families. He is also survived by sister Irene Spensley of Columbia Heights, sisters-in-law Ginger Bloch of Bigfork and Cheryl Bloch of Aitkin, and many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Derek Bradford Howard Bloch, long-time companion Dorothy Taylor, brothers Carl and John, sister Amanda, and brothers in law Roy and Clarence.

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