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Frank Donald Block

November 9, 1919 December 9, 2008
Frank Donald Block
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Obituary for Frank Donald Block

Frank Block was born Nov. 9, 1919 in Ypsilanti Mi to Charles Block and Rose Ann Snyder. He had two sisters Pearl Stommel who lived on a farm near Reading MI and Rita Green who lives in Ypsilanti. He attended St. John�s Catholic School and graduated from Ypsilanti High. The sports he played were swimming, cross country and track. He enjoyed math and history and was an altar boy and always seemed to draw the 6:00a.m. Mass!! His dad worked at Peninsula Paper Mill and was a shift supervisor. They always had a large garden, and spring was a busy time getting the garden ready. They also had 4 sour cheery trees, 1 pear tree, 1 apple, 3 plums and a grape arbor. Frank was always involved with the spraying and the pruning of the fruit. �We also had 25 laying hens and several hogs. It was a load of fun going out on a cold winter morning to feed and water the chickens!!�
Frank was also known for teasing his sisters!! His job at home at 938 River St, Ypsilanti was to keep the fire stoked in the furnace and boy did he ever get in trouble if he let it burn out!! They had a Model T Ford until 1928 when they got a new 1928 Chevy that had glass windows and a heater. They got their first indoor bathroom in 1924. His mom, known for her baking, died at a young age from tuberculosis. Frank was responsible for running the house, washing clothes, and firing the furnace if his sisters were sick. He usually couldn�t do it well enough for his older sister�s satisfaction. They skated and had hobo shacks on the Huron River.
Early on he worked at a truck farm picking carrots for 15cents an hour. When it went down to 5 cents an hour, Frank quit!! His dad only worked 6 hours a week during the depression and took a second job at the cemetery cutting grass, earning $2 a day. He caddied for a while also. Frank worked at Central Specialty in the foundry (they were making the Lincoln Zephyr transmission housings) starting at age 16 organizing the yard, shifting sand and working his way up to a molder and for United Stove. His lunch was 5 sandwiches; fruit, cake or cookies and it took him the whole 30 minutes to eat his lunch! After he got laid off at the foundry, he was up town with some of his friends. They were attending Michigan Normal and he had the $21 it took to enroll so he decided to give it a try. He attended and graduated from Eastern Michigan University (then Michigan Normal) with an Industrial Arts teaching degree. While at the university Frank met Edith Calder, and on Dec. 12, 1941 they were married.

Mr. Block was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edith, granddaughter, Erin Block and sister, Pearl Stommel. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Gary) Weisenburg and son, Don (Gail) Block. His grandchildren, Mandy Gregus, Case Cicchelli, Gretchen (Josh) McIntyre, Andrea (Matt) Kolb; great-grandchildren, Eli, Caleb, Andrew; sister, Rita Green; beloved friend, Juanita Blystone and many loving nieces and nephews also survive.

Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 13th from 10AM -12PM at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home 404 E. Liberty Milford, MI 48381. Memorial Service following at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, appreciated contributions to the Edith Calder Block & Frank Block Scholarship Fund, Eastern Michigan University Foundation, 1349 S. Huron St. Ypsilanti MI 48107. For further information please phone 248.684.6645.


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