PRINCETON — Floyd William King, 91, of 25739 2400 North Ave., Princeton, died at 4:20 in the morning on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Spring Valley Nursing Center in Spring Valley.
Floyd was born June 22, 1923, in Princeton to Clifford A. and Lillian E. (May) King. He attended Durham Grade School which was a one-room schoolhouse in northeast Bureau County. He married Doris E. Krueger on June 19, 1949, in St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Celebrating the service was the Rev. James H. Fresh. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past June. Floyd was a lifelong member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.
Floyd served in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific from Jan. 1, 1943, to Jan. 31, 1946. He was in the 81st Wildcat Division, 317 Infantry, and Battalion B; Field Artillery. He was a radio lineman. He was discharged with the rank of T-5. He was on the "Honor Flight" that flew to Washington, D.C., in 2010.
Upon his return from active duty, Floyd worked on the family farm with his father and brother. After his dad passed away he and his brother continued to work the farm. They raised and sold a lot of heads of hogs and tons of cattle hauling truckloads each year to the Chicago stockyards. Floyd farmed for 47 years.
Floyd, Doris and their children loved to travel and got to see quite a bit of the United States and Canada. But, when at home he liked to read, Western books, historical books, and factual books on interesting places and things.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, his daughter, Kathleen M. King of Princeton; a very special nephew, Norman R. King of LaMoille; and several other nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews as well.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Dennis Eugene Charles King on July 4, 1993; his brothers, Kenneth C. and Walter R. King; and a niece, Kay Yvonne King.
Private services were held Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Princeton for the family and a few friends. Burial followed at Elm Lawn Memorial Park with full military rites being accorded.
Memorials may be directed to the LaMoille Ambulance Service in LaMoille, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Princeton or the Spring Valley Nursing Center in Spring Valley.
Arrangements were made through the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.