Ernest E. Blocker

Ernest E. Blocker
Ernest E. Blocker, 89, of 341 N. Seventh St., Lehighton passed away Thursday, April 24 at Weatherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly, Pennsylvania. He was the husband of the late Dorothy M. Gerber Blocker who died on Jan. 3, 2010.
He was born in Lehighton.
He was a son of the late Elmer and Ella Bryfogel Blocker.
He served our country with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Ardennes, Central Europe, and Rhineland campaigns attaining the rank of Tech 5. He was previously employed for over 30 years at Gerstlauer's Dairy, Lehighton, as a service manager and later for Zimmerman's Dairy, Lehighton, in the same capacity.
From 1971-1975, he was the owner/operator of Ernie's Garage in Lehigh-ton.
He later helped to form Blocker Enterprises where he was the dealer principal and worked for the family business until his retirement in 1995. Even after retirement, Ernie was a common sight at the family dealership with his wife and served as a helper and customer greeter.
His famous quote was "The first 100 years are the roughest."
He was a member of Zion United Church of Christ,Pocono Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club, and held life memberships at The Lehighton American Legion Post 314 and Lehigh Fire Co. No. 1.
In his spare time, he cherished gatherings with his family and relatives, especially at their outings at Blocker's swimming pool.
Surviving are two sons, Dennis and his wife, Joyce of Mahoning Valley; Terry and his wife, Christina of Lehighton; a brother, Elwood Blocker and his wife, Mary Jane of Lehighton; one granddaughter, Shannon Blocker of Lehighton; three step-grandchildren, Jared Kelowitz, Geoffrey Kelowitz, Jocelyn Holland; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Matrona Smith, Thelma Miller and Charlotte Solt and four brothers, Willard, Ronald, Donald and Richard.
Services: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28 at Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St., Lehighton, with the Rev. Allen L. Heckman officiating. Call 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Interment with full military honors under the direction of the Lehighton Area United Veterans Organization in the Lehighton Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the church at 18235. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com.

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Published in Times News on Apr. 26, 2014