Kevin Block, age 61, of Olivia died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at RC Hospital in Olivia. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia with Rev. Dennis Labat as celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Olivia from 4-7 p.m. and will continue Saturday morning at the church for one hour prior to the funeral.
Kevin Bernard Block was born November 8, 1956 at Olivia, MN, to Bernard and Lois (Pagel) Block. He grew up in Olivia and graduated from Olivia High School in 1975. Kevin then attended the Carpentry Program at Willmar Vo-Tech. He was employed as a carpenter with several local contractors from 1977-1992. Kevin has now been employed since 1992 at the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative as a Sugar End Foreman. He also did bartending in Danube and at the Olivia Liquor Store for many years. Kevin married Katherine Boening on October 21, 1989 at St. John’s Historic Church in Olivia and they were blessed with two children. Kevin and Kate lived at Danube and in 2016 moved into Olivia. Kevin loved being outdoors and going deer hunting and was very proud of his 10 point buck taken in 2013. He had also enjoyed woodworking, drives along the river bottom in his old jeep with Kate and his dog Maci, the annual trips to the rodeo in Clear Lake, SD, and especially playing with his two grandchildren.
Kevin is survived by his wife Kate Block of Olivia; his two children: Dan (and Bethany) Block of Danube and Haylea Block (and her special friend Aaron Madden) of Olivia; his two grandchildren: Rylan and Tayla; his two brothers: Jon (and Sandy) Block of Lake Lillian and Brian (and Sabrina) Block of Danube; his mother-in-law Pat O’Malley of Olivia; and several nieces and nephews. Kevin was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Daniel Block; and his father-in-law Pete Boening.
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