Services: Have been held.
Mr. William Arthur “Bill” Block, 86, of Portales, died April 11, 2003, at a Temple, Texas, hospital.
He was born on June 25, 1916, in at Gotebo, Okla., to Abraham and Agnes Martens Block.
He married M. Lavada Mitchell on Dec. 28, 1935, in Hobart, Okla. He farmed his father’s homestead until 1947, when he moved to Bethel. He retired after many years of service for the Santa Fe Railway. He loved boating, fishing and entertaining his friends and family with tunes that he played on his harmonica that was always in his pocket.
He was preceded in death by his wife; three brothers, Rudolph, Samuel and Walter; and a grandchild, Bucky Block.
He is survived by three children, Dr. Burel Block (and wife, Patsy) of Brownsville, Texas, Larry Block (and wife, Freda) of Belton, Texas, and Carol Curtis (and husband, Montford) of Orange, Calif.; six grandchildren, Dr. Steven Block of Lubbock, Starla Immak of Sanders, Ariz., Lonny Block of Boise, Idaho, Pamela Ek of Placentia, Calif., M. Craig Curtis of Poway, Calif., and Scott Curtis of San Diego; four great-grandsons; and six great-granddaughters.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.