With his family by his side, Herbert Gerald Block passed away on Saturday, January 21st, 2023, at the Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Herbert was born on October 2nd, 1932, in a farmhouse in Tenby, Manitoba.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Ruth, daughter Sandra Powis (Patrick) and his most amazing son Regan Block; sister Norma Oswald (Ervin), nephew Darrell Oswald (Gail), nieces Lori Oswald, Heidi Donahoe (Matthew), Angela Masters (Joe) along with numerous other sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Olga Appelt, Herman Block and stepfather Rudy Appelt.
Herb spent his early years growing up in Tenby, Manitoba, attending a one room school that still stands today. He enjoyed catching gophers, playing with his cousins and all the usual boyhood adventures. After his father passed away in 1947, Olga, Herbert and Norma moved into Winnipeg for three years. Upon their return Herb continued farming with his stepfather Rudy until 1998 when he sold the farm and retired to Arden, Manitoba.
In 1962 Herbert married Ruth Oswald from Steinbach. He built their house mostly on his own and set out raise a family. During his farming years Herb served as the Director of the local Credit Union and on the church council at Christ Lutheran Church in Waldersee. He realized his lifelong dream of becoming a private pilot which eventually led into a crop dusting business.
H and R enjoyed many trips including Europe, Brazil, Alaska, the east coast, Hawaii, California and Texas. His most memorable trip was spending his 85th Birthday in Kenya and South Africa on safari with Sandra and Patrick.
Herb greatly enjoyed game hunting, fishing, history (especially WW2), geography, maps, mushrooms, curling and fixing things the farmer way.
Most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Whether it was going for coffee at McDonald’s, going to Dallas Cowboys games with Regan and Ruth or just watching the local news.
We miss you so much. Our lives are forever blessed because of you. Fly high Herbert.
The livestreamed funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 465 Henry St, Steinbach, MB, with interment to follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Friedensfeld, MB.