A memorial service for Joseph C. Bloch will be held at 2:30 P.M., Friday, May 16, 2014, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Rittman 44270. A reception will follow at 3:30 P.M., at the American Legion Hall, 620 N. Broadway, in Medina. Family and friends are invited to come together to honor this special man and veteran.
Joe, who passed away February 22, 2014, was born June 16, 1926, and was raised in Cleveland by his parents. Edward and Zella (Porter) Bloch. He entered the United States Marine Corps at age 17, and was very proud to serve his country in World War II. His service took him to the Pacific Theater, where he was part of the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp in 1946 as a Corporal.
Joe began his career with The New York Life Insurance Company in Medina in 1959, and during the course of his 44-year career, worked both as an agent and a manager. Joe’s career took him to several cities in Ohio and to Grand Rapids, Michigan, before returning to Medina in 1973, where he enjoyed being part of the community. He was a member of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, serving at various times as a Reader and a Sunday school teacher; and was a member of American Legion Post #202. He became a volunteer with the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery after it opened in 2000, and was proud to honor his fellow veterans through his service in their Public Information Center. Over the years, he also enjoyed participating with the Legion in the Memorial Day parade, traveling to Washington DC for the opening of the National WWII Memorial, riding his horse, Miss Chelsea (Missy), and visiting with friends at the Friday night band concerts on the Square.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on May 18th. He was proud of his four children, Tom (Cindy) of Georgetown, Kentucky, Tim (Stephanie) of Cape Coral, Florida, Todd (Dawn) and Carol (Craig) Grose, both of Medina; his six grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie), Tyler, Emily, Laney, Parker and Leighton; and his two great-grandchildren, Lyla and Cole; along with special nieces and nephews.
Joe’s legacy will be his generous example of unconditional love to all of his family, and his proud service to his country. His caring and love will be missed by many.
Donations, in Joe’s memory, may be made to American Legion Post #202, 620 N. Broadway St., Medina OH 44256.