John Blocher Family
(son of Solomon BLOCHER and Catherine
b. 2-Sep-1879, d. 25-Sep-1961,
buried: 28-Sep-1961, Woodland Mem. Cem., Woodland, MI.
m. 28-Sep-1907 in Barry Co., MI to Grace Alma WADDELL
(daughter of Theodore WADDELL and
Lillian V. BOOMERSHINE).
b. 24-Sep-1886, d. 17-May-1975,
buried: Woodland Mem. Cem., Woodland, MI.
From Jerilee Hostetler:
This story is about Great Uncle John Blocher and family.
The first I can remember about Uncle John and his wife Aunt Grace
was when my mother was working on the election board in the
presidential election when Franklin D Roosevelt was running the
I think that was in 1933. Ruthanne was almost a year and a half
I was about 4. Uncle John Blocher and Aunt Grace
lived on the old
Crabb place where Bill and Betty Cappon lived so long in later
Mom had to work all night, as there were no voting machines of
any kind and
all the paper ballots had to be counted by hand!! Great Aunt
(the baby of the family) was also staying there at that time
for some reason
and I slept with her. Aunt Grace had another place for Ruthanne
I remember my Dad came later, after his chores were done and
he slept in a chair!! This is my first memories of Uncle John
Aunt Grace Blocher. Of course Pres. Roosevelt won the election
with all his New Deal programs helped pull us out of the
It was hard times on the Crabb farm and things didn't go so good
and they left that farm and moved over north of Freeport for
a couple years.
Over there my folks visited them too and one time we had some
maple syrup that we stirred and stirred until it turned into
This is called "sugaring off". Uncle John's only lived 2 years
at Freeport and
then moved back to a little farm that they had near the old
where Uncle John was raised. We went to Uncle John's quite a
lot to visit
and sometimes for Sunday dinner and sometimes they came to my
place for Sunday dinner. John Jr, their youngest son was quite
a lot older
than I was and he had a telegraph system out in one of the sheds
I thought was interesting and Ruthanne and I watched him send
dot-dash messages on it. Their older son, Robert, was going
his girl, Marjorie Adams and was about to get married when I
first knew him.
Their daughter, Roma, was already married to an Italian who I
seeing once or twice. Roma came to visit her parents at times
I don't remember him much. John Jr graduated from Woodland High
in 1940. He was employed somewhere I believe and then the next
came Pearl Harbor and the start of WWII and John Jr enlisted
in the Marines.
He was in some of the tough battles in the South Pacific and
but was able to
come home with out any injuries. Dad bought his 1937 Olds after
in the Marines. To be continued, from Jerilee
email from Jerilee
Hostetler, 9 Aug 2007 about John Blocher funeral:
Blocher 82 yrs died Sept 26, 1961.
attending his funeral. During the time of the funeral a car was
hit by the train
and think several ladies were killed on a side street in
Lake Odessa. Of
course the Koops Funeral Home is right on 4th Ave (Main St.)
in Lake Odessa and
the train crosses Main St. Not sure if it was Koops
Funeral Home or
Pickens at that time. Perhaps it was Pickens Funeral Home.
Guess I'll call
Raymond and Karolyn and see if they have a copy of his obit.
91 yrs was still alive at that time but she had suffered a
broken hip the
Fall or Winter of 1960 and was trying to recover. She got
around with a
walker at that time and liked to go outside to see the flowers
and garden. She
died the last day of 1961. We lived where we do now and had
Funeral Services For John Blocher To Be Held Today
Funeral services for John Blocher, 82, R2 Woodland, a retired farmer
who died at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday at his home, will be held this Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the
Pickens Funeral chapel at Lake Odessa.
Burial will be in the Woodland Memorial cemetery.
Mr. Blocher had been in ill health for several years.
Mr. Blocher was born Sept. 2, 1879, near Greenville, Ohio, the son of
Solomon and Catherine
(Bolinger) Blocker. He moved to the Woodland area when a small boy and
remainder of his life in that vicinity.
Since his marrage to Grace Waddell in 1907, he has lived on the same
farm in Woodland township.
He was a member of the Woodland Church of the Brethren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Reno (Roma)
Angeletti of Kalamazoo;
two sons, Robert and John, Jr., of Woodland; seven grandchildren;
two sisters, Miss Clara Blocher and Mrs. Ida Flory, both of Woodland.
Funeral card has died 26 Sep 1961.
In 1910 census for Barry Co., MI, Castleton Twp., 241:
Blocker, John, head, m,w, 30, married, 2yrs, OH, OH, OH
Blocker, Grace, wife, f, w, 23, married, 2 yrs, OH, IN, OH
Blocker, Roma, daughter, f, w, 11/12, single, MI, OH, OH
In 1920 census for Barry Co.,
Blocker, John, head, m, w, 38, married
Blocker, Grace, wife, f, w, 34, married
Blocker, Roma, daughter, f, w, 10, single
Blocker, Robert, son, m, w, 4 8/12, single
In the 1930 census for
Castleton Twp., Barry Co., MI, page 64,
sheet 6a (need to get 6b also), 154/158:
Blocher, John, head, owner, m, w, 50, married, OH, OH, OH
Blocher, Grace A., wife, f, w, 43, married, OH, IN, OH
Blocher, Roma G., daughter, f, w, 20, single, MI, OH, OH
Blocher, Robert W., son, m, w, 12, single, MI, OH, OH
Blocher, John, Jr., son, m, w, 7, single, MI, OH, OH
I. Robert Winston BLOCHER,
b. 31-Jul-1915, d. 6-Dec-2007 in Hastings, Barry Co., MI;
m. 25-Dec-1936 to Marjorie Lucille ADAMS,
b. 5-Aug-1916 in Hastings, Barry Co., MI, d. 27-Apr-2000 in Hastings,
Barry Co., MI.
II. Roma Geraldine BLOCHER,
b. 16-Aug-1909 in Woodland, Barry Co., MI, d. 14-Mar-1998 in Portage,
m. 23-Nov-1935 to Reno ANGELETTI,
b. 10-Oct-1913 in Bono, OH, d. 13-Dec-2005.
III. John BLOCHER, Jr.,
b. 19-Oct-1922, d. 22-Nov-2005,
m. (1) Jan-1946 to Iris Louise GUY (divorced),
m. (2) May-1968 to Helen V. (Mitzie) GIBAS.
John and Grace Blocher's stone in Woodland Mem. Cem.