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FLOYD ARNOLD BLOCK, 93, of Otterbein-Cridersville and formerly of Waynesfield, died at 12:06 a.m. June 8, 2006, at Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home, Wapakoneta under the care of St. Rita's Hospice after a short illness.

He was born June 6, 1913, in Logan County to Aaron and Margaret Dobbins Block, who preceded him in death. On March 28, 1937, he married Edith Naomi Nickell, who survives. They had been married for 69 years.

Mr. Block retired from the insurance business after more than 35 years of conscientiously serving his clients. In 1959, he founded Block Insurance Agency, which he and his wife operated for several years from their home. He later opened offices in Waynesfield and Wapakoneta. He was a member of Waynesfield United Methodist Church, Waynesfield, where he served as Sunday school superintendent. He was a past master of the former Wayne Grange. He served two terms on the Waynesfield-Goshen School Board, with one term as president. He took pleasure in creating and giving gifts of his woodworking. He loved the land and was a good and respectful steward of the farm he and his wife owned and operated since 1944. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, who was devoted to his family and his life and set an example for them to follow.

Survivors also include a daughter, Joyce B. Melchert of Richmond, Va.; a son, Kenneth Wayne (Patricia) Block of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Timothy (Lisa) Melchert of Boise, Idaho, Brian (Laurie) Block of St. Paul, Minn., Drew (Lisa) Block of Indianapolis, and Lauren Block of Cincinnati; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Kienan Block, both of St. Paul, Minn.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Mark Evan Melchert; a sister, Leneda Block Collins; and a brother, Charles Block.

Services will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Waynesfield United Methodist Church, Waynesfield. The Rev. Kathleen J. Hayes will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire, Ohio.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waynesfield United Methodist Church or St. Rita's Hospice.

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