DR. DENNIS A. BLOCK DDS/OMS WOLCOTT, CO FORMERLY OF VALPARAISO, IN
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Dennis Arthur Block passed away January 30, 2013 at his home in Colorado with his loving wife, mother, sister, brother and sister-in-law by his side. Denny is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Wolcott, CO (formerly of Valparaiso); mother, Pauline (Polly) Block of Aurora, IN; sister, Kathy (Tim) Ebbert of Transfer, PA; brother, Randy (Susan) Block of Lawrenceburg, IN; niece and nephew: Rachel and Ian Block of Lawrenceburg, IN; and nephew, Nicholas (Anne) Ramey of Baltimore, MD. Denny was born on June 5, 1952 in Cincinnati, OH to Polly and the late Lloyd Block. During his childhood and teens, he spent time with his family on many camping trips, earning the rank of Eagle Scout and excelling in his academic studies. After high school, Denny followed his desire to become a dentist, and later specialized in oral surgery. He attended Indiana University Dental School where he graduated with honors in 1978. He went on to complete his oral surgery training in 1981 at Indiana University. During his college years, he developed a passion for four-wheeling and restoring/collecting automobiles. In 1984, Denny moved to Valparaiso, IN to open his own oral surgery practice in Valparaiso. In 1986, he met his wife, Carolyn, while working in surgery at Porter Memorial Hospital. They later married and spent 19 years working together to build his private practice. During their marriage, any vacation time was spent in the West and in particular, the Vail Valley in Colorado. It was there he found his love of skiing and Native American art and culture. In his spare time, Denny was an avid bicyclist, skier, motorcycle collector, offroad/superbike racer, and music devotee. He was a true fan of the IU Hoosier basketball team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Chicago Bulls. One of Denny's greatest joys was being a member of the T-Birds ski group with whom he developed his passion for helicopter skiing and established lifelong friendships. Whatever Denny did, he did with intense focus and pride, and above all else, excellence. He always accomplished his goals, yet remained a humble and private man. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, IN. A celebration of his life will be hosted by his wife at their home in Colorado this summer. Memorials may be made to
, PO Box 1474, Edwards, CO 81632 or the
. A special thank you to the staff who took care of Denny at the Shaw Center and Home Hospice
Published in The Times on Feb. 15, 2013