James “Jim” L. Blocker, 80, of Bluffton went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Jim was born in Nottingham Township, Wells County, to Lester and Edith (Kleinknight) Blocker. He graduated from Rockcreek High School in the Class of 1949. He faithfully served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.
On July 27, 1957 in Columbus, Ohio, he married Shirley (Norris) Blocker. They have shared the last 54 years together in marriage. Jim retired from General Electric in 1988 after 38 years of service. During that time he also ran the family farm. After retirement he enjoyed operating the Frozen Yogurt Factory, a concession trailer that he operated at many local fairs and carnivals. He also sold real estate in Fort Wayne for Norris-Bacon Realty. In 1996 Jim and Shirley moved to Palm Harbor, Florida. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and playing cards with friends. Over the years, Jim has been an active member of both Murray Missionary and Hope Missionary Church. Survivors include his wife Shirley of Bluffton and children; J. Chris (Rhonda) Blocker of Rochester, Cheryl A. (Brian) Buckland of Bluffton and Curtis (Heidi) Blocker of Peoria, Arizona, along with eight grandchildren; Sgt. Brandon (Jessica) Blocker, U.S.M.C. of Murrieta, CA.; Ryan Blocker of Rochester, IN.: Ashley (Lance Corp. Drew, U.S.M.C.) Yocum of Ocean Side, CA; Aaron Buckland of Fort Wayne' Aimee Buckland of Bluffton, and James, Rebecca and Jaydon Blocker, all of Peoria, Arizona; and three great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Blocker, and a sister, Alice McClure. Friends are invited to visit with Jim’s family from 2- 8 p.m. Saturday at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 13, 2011, at Hope Missionary Church, with Pastor Gary Aupperle officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hope Missionary Church or Family Hospice & Palliative Care through the funeral home. Friends can express online condolences at www.thomarich.com .