August 22, 1925 - August 3, 2018
Emanuel J. “Manny" Block, Born North Minneapolis in 1925 and died Aug 3rd. Preceded in death by parents, Abe and Bessie Block, son, Myron Block and brother, David Block. Survived by wife of 68 years, Maxine; daughters, Ellen (Bruce) Johnson, and Abby Block (John O’Neill); grandchildren, Robin, Bryan and Reid Johnson (Carrie Fink) , Anna , Zeke and Eli O’Neill; great-grandchildren, Harlan, Max and Martin Johnson. Manny was a person of principles and integrity. He met life’s challenges with courage, grace, energy, wisdom and a remarkable intellect. His love of learning was prodigious, especially for history, Judaism, philosophy, science, music and politics. He also had a great sense of humor and devoured popular fiction. At age 10 he built his first crystal radio set, beginning a lifelong interest in short wave radio. During WWII he served on carriers USS Antietam and USS Bennington as an aircraft radioman. Upon discharge in 1946 he entered the university of Minnesota, graduating from the electrical engineering program in 1949. Through a 40-year career at Research Associates, Univac and Control Data he contributed to the development of main frame computers, computer systems onboard navy ships, and computers systems for the Apollo mission. Manny had a passion for aviation. In the 1960s he earned a pilot’s license then moved on to instruction and volunteer work in the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol, flying search-and-rescue missions and teaching young cadets to fly. Upon retirement from the computer industry he returned to the University , earning a PhD in vocational education at age 82 with a thesis addressing best practices in aviation instruction. He continued flying until age 88 and remained active in the Civil Air Patrol. Manny lived an ethical life based on Jewish principles. He was generous with everyone and a beloved husband, father, and grandpa. Many thanks to the dedicated caregivers at Sholom East and Fairview Hospice. Also, thank you to friends and Civil Air Patrol colleagues for supporting Manny in these last years of ill health. Funeral service 12 noon MONDAY Aug. 6th at BETH JACOB CONGREGATION, 1179 Victoria Curve, Mendota Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to the donor’s choice. SHIVA 7:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Sholom Home East, 740 Kay Ave., St. Paul.
Emanuel J. “Manny" Block, Born North Minneapolis in 1925 and died Aug 3rd. Preceded in death by parents, Abe and Bessie Block, son, Myron Block and brother, David Block. Survived by wife of 68 years, Maxine; daughters, Ellen (Bruce) Johnson,... View Obituary & Service Information
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