He married Linda Cain at the Elwood Methodist Church on Oct. 8, 1966. They became proud parents of Curtus, Roy, and Kathleen.
He served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, where he was a paratrooper and on the Army rifle team. He was honored to be included on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Dick owned and operated B-Cap aircraft painting business in Maquoketa, where his passion was to paint and restore military war birds. The business was sold in 2000, when he and his wife traveled the United States for 10 years.
He was a licensed private pilot, who loved flying and piloted many trips to remote Canadian fishing lodges to fish and bear hunt. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed deer hunting, turkey hunting, fishing and loved telling stories about hunts and the big fish that got away.
He was proud of the family farm, where he lived and enjoyed the ponds and wildlife. He hosted the Iowa Governor's Pheasant Hunt and was an advocate of Pheasants Forever. The Blocks were honored by Pheasants Forever of Clinton County and state of Iowa for Outstanding Member in 1999. He advocated for Iowa’s trumpeter swan restoration project and cared for a pair of adult swans that hatched the first babies in Clinton County in over 100 years. He loved talking and joking with friends and customers.
Survived by his wife of 53 years Linda; three children, Curtus (Lisa) Block, of Ankeny, Roy Block (Amanda Ryan), of New Windsor, Illinois, and Kathleen (Scott) Roberts, of Union, Missouri; nine grandchildren, Hunter, Erica, Spencer, Remington, River Pearl, Alexis, Addison, Olivia and Amelia; two brothers, Chuck (Darlene) and Eugene (Dianna); a brother-in-law, Darrell (Lola) Cain; and four sisters-in-law, Carol Cain, Anne Block, Sue Block, and Joan Block; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, William, Lloyd, and Gary; a niece, Kelleen; a brother-in-law, Don Cain; and a granddaughter, Ryder.
All are invited to join Dick’s family at the Block Pond on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 2:30 p.m. A military memorial service will begin at 3.
Memorial donations, in lieu of other expressions, can be made to Honor Flight Quad Cities. https://honorflightqc.org/donations/make-gift/
The Carson Celebration of Life Center, in Maquoketa, is caring for the family, and online condolences may be left at CarsonAndSon.com.