Joseph L. “Joe” Blocher, 81, North Manchester, passed away at his home on July 23, 2021. The son of S. Willis and Lelia E. (Baker) Blocher, Joe was born in North Manchester on March 22, 1940. He was one of six children.
In September of 1960, Joe was baptized into the North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Church. The following year on May 14, 1961, Joe married Bonnie Metzger. During their sixty years of marriage, Joe and Bonnie were blessed with four children, Mark, Matthew, Polly and Julia. To support his family, Joe worked as a farmer, cattle buyer, and owned and operated Freeway Trucking, which hauled livestock. Later in life, Joe became an antique dealer, which became one of his passions.
Joe will be forever cherished by his wife, Bonnie Blocher, North Manchester. Other survivors include son, Matthew (Allison) Blocher, North Manchester; daughters, Polly (Ricky) Lewis, Cisco, Texas, and Julia Blocher, North Manchester; brother, Max (Sandra) Blocher, North Manchester; sister, Ruthie E. (David) Brubaker, Pasco, Wash.; sister-in-law, Taphie Blocher; eight grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Blocher; daughter-in-law, Jamee Blocher; brothers, Robert E., Billie G., and Marvin E. Blocher; and sister-in-law, Esther Blocher.
Family and friends may call Monday, July 26, 2021, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 12546 North State Road 13, North Manchester. Burial will be at the North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, 12546 North State Road 13, North Manchester. The Home Brethren will officiate.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Joe Blocher, memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Home Health and Hospice, 1900 Carew Street, Suite 6, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805.
The family of Joe Blocher has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to mckeemortuary.com.