Roland Block

Roland “Turk” Block, 91, of Tigerton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Roland Walter Block was born on May 7, 1926, in Tigerton to Hugo and Madeline Block. He entered the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.

Turk was united in marriage on June 2, 1973, to Clarice M. Hansen-Anderson at Zion Lutheran Church, Tigerton. The couple made their home in Tigerton for many years. Turk worked as a green inspector/lumber handler at Tigerton Lumber Mill for over 40 years. In his early days, he liked fishing, bowling, and playing softball in the Tigerton area. Turk was always an avid fan and supporter of Tigerton Baseball. He especially enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and sharing a cold Bud Light with friends.

Turk was a longtime faithful member of American Legion Post 239. He was well-known in the Tigerton community. You would often see Turk sitting on the bench outside of Mr. J’s Barber Shop or shoveling and doing lawn work for several local businesses.

His wife preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2014.

Survivors include five stepsons, Allen (Darlene) Anderson, of Tigerton, Ronald (Stacy) Anderson, of Tigerton, Dennis Anderson, of King, Michael (Darlene) Anderson, of Sale Creek, Tennessee, and Darell (Mary Ann) Anderson, of Plymouth. There are 11 stepgrandchildren: Heidi Anderson, Heather (Edward) Stewart, Holly (Lucas) Gehrman, Shelly (Mark) Sambs, Sara Anderson, Eric Anderson, Andrea Anderson, Nathan (Brandi) Anderson, Sherry (Jay) Bindrich, Shannon Hickey and Shawn (Diane) Hickey. There are 18 great-stepgrandchildren: Jordan (Amber) Arndt, Tasha Arndt, Tabby Arndt, Aaron Dobizl, Tanner Dobizl, Olivia Anderson, Ashley (Cody) Scray, Trevor Stewart, Teagon Stewart, Treyton Sambs, Sienna Sambs, Keiden Sambs, Alexis Minniecheske, Colton Minniecheske, Deanna Anderson, Kylie Anderson, Autumn Rhodes and Blaine Rhodes. He is further survived by a brother, Elmer Block, of Wittenberg, and many other relatives and friends.

Turk was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clarice; a stepdaughter-in-law, Lois Anderson; a sister, Anita (Wallace) Kielblock; and a brother, Edward Block.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m. at the Homme Home Chapel, Wittenberg. Pastor Barry Levine will officiate, and inurnment will be at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Military honors will be provided at the nursing home by members of American Legion Post 239, Tigerton. Friends may call on Sunday from noon until time of the service at Homme Home.

The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.

The family wishes to especially thank all the nurses and staff at Homme Home for all the compassionate care given to Turk. For many years, he was treated with such dignity and respect. Turk very much considered you guys his family. Our words cannot express how grateful we are for all the care provided.