The world’s greatest ‘gunkle’

Michael Bloch, 56, born on July 16, 1966 and raised in the Oak Park area, died suddenly on Oct. 27, 2022. Mike was humbleness, kindness, and love personified. He enjoyed working at Shaker Advertising and thought of his co-workers there as extended family. He was the softball coordinator for the Park District of Oak Park and coached youth baseball, shared his wicked sense of humor, and, late in his life, discovered his love of cats. He was maybe the greatest “gunkle” the world has ever known, sending surprise bouncy houses to birthday parties, photographing baby Chewbacca’s cross-country journey, telling ridiculous yet captivating bedtime stories, and buying all the candy at the movies. He loved a rare steak, a White Sox game, a fantasy sports league, Indiana University basketball, and spending time with friends and family. 

He is survived by his mother, Jeanne Bloch, his sisters, Shana (husband Ryan) and Jennifer (husband Peter), and his nephew and nieces Eli Bloch Garcia, Luisa Bloch Garcia, Lucy King and Cora King.  

In lieu of flowers please donate to the ChadTough Defeat DIPG Foundation. 

Arrangements were handled by Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home.