PRINCETON — Walter Ray King, 88, of Princeton passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
Born Jan. 23, 1925, in Princeton to Clifford and Lillian (May) King, he married Sally Blackwell Aug. 3, 1952, at the First Congregational Church in LaMoille. They were married by her grandfather, the Rev. Wesley L. Blackwell. She survives.
He attended a one-room school house, Durham Grade School. He was life-long farmer on his family's farm. He served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II and was stationed in Korea just before the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Bureau Valley Good Sam Club, served on the LaMoille School Board and was a member of First Congregational Church of LaMoille. He was also a member of the American Legion/VFW Post 125 in Princeton and served on the Board of Directors for the Van Orin Elevator.
Also surviving are two children, Gerald (Jeannie) King of rural Princeton and Barbara (Allen) Klein of rural LaMoille; seven grandchildren, Thomas (Tina) Klein, Matthew Klein, Jeralyn (Timothy) Glass, Jason (Melanie) Klein, Adam Klein, Katrina (Mitch) McCoy and Joanna Klein, all of rural Princeton and LaMoille; seven great-grandchildren, Addilyn, Gabriel and Michael Glass, McKenna and Brayden Klein, and Myla and Makaylee McCoy; one brother, Floyd W. King of Princeton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Kay Yvonne King in 1972; one brother, Kenneth King; and one nephew, Dennis King.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church of LaMoille with the Rev. Kris Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, with military rites accorded.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.
Memorials may be directed to LaMoille Ambulance or First Congregational Church of LaMoille.