Eugene Leroy Blocker, son of the late Roy Elvis Blocker and Betty Elizabeth Layton Blocker, was born on Oct. 28, 1921, near Bloomfield and died at Missouri Southern Healthcare at Dexter on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the age of 86.
Mr. Blocker was a member of the Mt. Zion Walker General Baptist church near Bloomfield. He attended Bloomfield Schools and graduated from Bloomfield High School with the class of 1939.
He was a World War II veteran, proudly serving his country in the United States Navy as a Seaman First Class for three years. When the war ended and with an Honorable Discharge, he came home to farm with his dad and mom on Route 3, Bloomfield.
After retiring from farming, he held several jobs that were important to him. He worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad as a rail welder for several years. He also worked in Dexter as a carpenter and for a short time, was a parts man for Sigler Chevrolet. Later in life, he worked as a custodian for the Bloomfield R-I4 School District. He would always keep busy as his health would permit in order to provide for his family.
His most important pride and joy of his life was his son Bruce and daughter-in-law Pam, who became dedicated and loving care givers as his health failed.
He was united in marriage to Flora Bell Fralick on Dec. 14, 1948, at Poplar Bluff. His wife of 59 years survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Pam Blocker of Dexter.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother in infancy, Billy Blocker.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2008, at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2008, in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dean Medlin officiating.
Interment followed in the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield with full military honors.