He was born on Sept. 28, 1915 at Chanute, to John Henry and Maggie Meyers King. He married Margaret Jane Fugate of Newton on June 2, 1940. She preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 2005.
In 1943 he entered a partnership in the Newton Appliance Company at 624 Main (formerly the Rich Mercantile Co.), and was associated with that business until 1983. He continued his lifetime career, begun in his teens and spanning well over 70 years, with King’s Appliance Service, repairing washers, dryers, and small appliances in his shop at the back of his home on East 2nd Street until the spring of 2009, when he became a resident of the Kansas Christian Home.
He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Susan LaForge, San Jose, Calif., and Jackie Arnold, Destin, Fla.; a grandson, D’Arcy LaForge; a son-in-law, John LaForge; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home and the funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday March 11 at the Petersen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton. Memorial donations may be made to Kansas Christian Home c/o Petersen Funeral Home.