Raphael T. “Tim” Bloch, 1919-2007

(n.b. Julie has written a wonderful tribute to our grandfather– see here.)



Tim Bloch was born in Alexandria on January 30, 1919, the son of Raphael Bloch and Alix Kilpatrick,

and died on December 3, 2007. He was graduated from Jonesboro-Hodge High School and subsequently attended Louisiana State University until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He also served in the South Pacific as a B-17 pilot and in the Italian theater as a squadron commander. He was highly decorated for his service. In May of 1943 he married Phyllis Gibson Barton of Napoleonville.

His business interests were many and varied. He served as state president of the Louisiana Realtors Association, and was proud that Tim Bloch Real Estate served the community for 50 years.

Tim was known as an affable, capable, responsible civic leader. His wit and humor were a delight to his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Bloch; his brother, Samuel Wheadon Bloch of Kansas City, Missouri; his first cousin, Virginia Wheadon de Gravelles of Lafayette, Louisiana; two daughters, Ann Bloch Robichaux of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Betty Barton Bloch of Metairie, Louisiana; two sons, Ray Beasley Bloch and Daniel Timothy Bloch of Alexandria, Louisiana; and grandchildren Paul Robichaux, Julie Robichaux, Tim Robichaux, Christopher Bloch, Clayton Bloch, Ashley Bloch, and Melissa Bloch.

The funeral was held at St. James Episcopal Church on Wednesday, December 5. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Rapides Parish Library, 411 Washington St., Alexandria, Louisiana, 71301, or to the charity of your choice.

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