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OBIT: Edward H. Blocker

Edward Blocker, 97, of Bancroft, died Wednesday at Accura Healthcare in Bancroft. A funeral Mass will be held Monday at 10:30 AM at Divine Mercy Parish ~ St. John’s Catholic Church in Bancroft. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft with a scripture prayer service beginning at 6 PM.

Edward Henry Blocker was born November 1, 1923 in Bancroft, son of Henry and Elizabeth (Hellman) Blocker. He grew up on a farm near Bancroft attending St. John’s Catholic School. Ed was united in marriage to Sylvia Klein on May 3, 1949, in Ashton.
Ed and Sylvia raised their 10 children on the Blocker family farm west of Bancroft. Along with farming, Ed was a Pioneer Seeds salesman from 1971 until 1990. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, was an avid baseball fan cheering for the Minnesota Twins. He loved being with his family especially enjoying 20 plus years of annual fishing trips together in northern Minnesota. Ed was a very faithful man. He served on the Bancroft Creamery Board for many years and was an active member of St. John’s Catholic Church.

Edward H. Blocker died Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at the Accura Healthcare Center in Bancroft at the age of 97. He had been a resident there since May, 2021.

He is survived by his children, David (Rita) Blocker of Mohall, ND, Jim (Omie) Blocker of Saratoga, WY, Allan Blocker of Sheldon, Richard (Teresa) Blocker of Algona, Joseph (Gail) Blocker of Hartford, SD, Phillip (Bobie) Blocker of Bancroft, Carol (Steve) Shillington of Bancroft, Ronald (Paula) Blocker of Wallingford, and Mark (Kathy) Blocker of Bancroft; twenty nine grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; as well as many other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia on May 27, 2017; his daughter; Donna Saline in 2008; a daughter-in-law, Candace Blocker; grandson Matthew Blocker; granddaughters Sara Blocker and Ryane Blocker; great-granddaughter Penelope Lawrence; one sister, Bertha Elsbecker; and five brothers, Arthur, Lawrence, Joe, Maurice, and Leo Blocker.

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