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Funeral services will take place on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM (Mountain).

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.

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In memory of

Betty Block

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Monday, December 17, 2018 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 89

Betty Ann Block was born November 16, 1929 in Murdo, South Dakota, the fourth of 10 children born to Waldo and Clara (Jordan) Finck. She grew up on the farm north of Okaton, and received her education at Kessler School for her first eight grades, before graduating from Okaton High School.

After graduation, she worked at Murray’s Grocery Store in Midland. Betty was united in marriage to Louis F. “Dick” Block on June 12, 1949 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dick and Betty were married in a double ring ceremony with Dick’s twin sister, Dolly and Leonard Blucher.

They made their home on a ranch on South Creek all their married life.

She was known for her crocheting, and made beautiful afghans and doilies. She was always quick to jump up and make food for her children and grandchildren as soon as they entered the house. She made various donations of hand crafted items for fund raisers and benefits.

Survivors include three sons Dean Block and his wife Sherrie, Gary Block and his wife Jody, and Brad Block and his wife Scotti, all of Midland; five grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother Kenny Finck of Newell; two sisters Ironis “Roni” Poppe of Pierre, and Norma Oldenberg and her husband Jim of Philip; one brother-in-law George Stroppel of Midland; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband Louis F. “Dick” Block on September 11, 2016; two brothers Emil and Robert “Bob” Finck; and four sisters Bonna Lindquist, Joyce Dykema, Alice Stroppel, and Irene Brink.

Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland.

Graveside services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at the Midland Cemetery, with Pastor Cindy Bisser officiating.

Wednesday, December 19 - 5-7 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Midland, South Dakota

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:30 p.m.
Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

Pastor Cindy Bisser

Joni Tharaldsen - Ross Block
Kayla Anderson - Alesha Barse
Jesse Block - Josh Calhoon

All Relatives and Friends in Attendance

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

  • Sorry to here of your loss. May she be reunited with her true love and others. ~ Tom Huston/Kathy Dkstra Sturgis SD (12/21/2018)
  • Betty was a great lady,who loved her family and friends. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. We will remember all the times we had at the farm. Our thoughts and prayers are with family. ~ Rollie & Pam Kludt Watertown, SD (12/20/2018)
  • Sending hugs and prayers to all Betty's family. She was a very beautiful woman,always had a smile. I enjoyed talking with her. GOD BLESS BETTYS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. The Angel's have a beautiful new angel in their choir. ~ Melody Songer Chamberlain sd (12/20/2018)
  • Thinking of you all. Betty was a one-of-a-kind lady, and I always enjoyed our visits. ~ Justin and Joyce Wheeler Philip, SD (12/19/2018)
  • So surprised and sad to hear of this dear lady's passing. She was a very giving person. One time I gave her some yarn I no longer wanted and soon I received two beautiful doilies in the mail. May she rest in peace. Sincerest condolences to her family. ~ Glenda. Nemec Bristol, SD (12/19/2018)
  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. We didn't know Betty well, but she sure had a beautiful smile when we did talk to her! She will surely be missed and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Jeff & Kelly Penticoff Philip, SD (12/18/2018)
  • I was saddened to hear of Betty's passing. I had the privilege growing up near Dick and Betty and the making of many fond memories. Mom and I visited Betty this past summer and we had so many laughs reminiscing about all the times we spent together. The Capa neighborhood will not be the same. She will be missed. ~ Paula Zuccaro Deer Trail, CO (12/18/2018)
  • I can't believe that Betty is gone. I had such a nice visit with her at Christmas in Midland like I always do. She was such a talented lady and so much fun to visit with. We pray for her whole family and know that you all have great memories. ~ Gene Hudson Midland (12/18/2018)
  • The world has lost a very special lady. Prayers to family and neighbors who benefited from all her cooking talents and crafts. Treasure all the good visits that she so looked forward to. ~ Barb Petoske Sioux Falls (12/18/2018)
  • Sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Bill Eckert Okaton SD (12/18/2018)
  • Condolences to the entire Block family. May you remember all the good times and know that Dick was waiting for her with open arms. ~ Jenna Pitman Evanston, WY (12/18/2018)