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Bruce E. Block

May 21, 1931 — October 24, 2020

Bruce E. Block died peacefully at home in Rockford, IL on Saturday, October 24, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 21, 1931, and spent the majority of his life in the Rockford area. Bruce married his first love, Joyce Smith, after graduation from Purdue University. He served in the U. S. Army as part of the occupation of Germany. Jobs followed at Barnes Drill Company, Beloit Corporation, Hill Rockford and Rockford Automation. He retired from Rockford Automation as Vice President of Engineering. Bruce raised horses and loved his cabin in the Northwoods, wildlife, wood-working, and church activities—of which he was a long-time member at Shiloh Evangelical Free Church. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Joyce, parents Alfred and Mabel, brother Douglas, and sister Durell. Bruce leaves behind his loving wife Karla De Vlieger Block, children Kathy (and Doug) Scharfenberg, Dan (and DeAnn) Block, Martin (and Mary Jo) Block, and Laura (and Joe) Kulesza, stepchildren Konnie (and Paul) Peterson, Deborah (and Craig) Kosch, and Richard De Vlieger, fourteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory- Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL 61108. The funeral service will be private and available to others on Zoom on Saturday, October 31st, at 11:30 a.m. by using Meeting ID: 85752221550 and Passcode: 123. Interment at Willwood Burial Park, 7000 W. State Street, Rockford, IL. Those in attendance for any of the services will be required to wear masks and social distance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bruce’s name to the Carlos and Carrie Morales Missionary Fund at United World Mission - Share online condolences at

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

9:30 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory - Mulford Chapel

1860 South Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108

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