OBITUARY ~ JAMES HARLAN KING
July 29, 1927 ~ September 26, 2011
James Harlan KING, son of Willard Benjamin and Edna Mae (JONES) KING, was born July 29, 1927 on a farm near Indianola,
Iowa. He graduated from Indianola High School in 1944. James worked the harvests for 2 years with his brother, Dale.
He was then drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950.
On March 15, 1951, he was united in marriage to Myrtle Lee BODEMAN
Avon Christian Church near Carlisle, Iowa. James was stationed in Korea.
Following his discharge, James lived in Des
Moines. It was during this time that he began his career in the propane business. While in Des Moines, their first child,
Gary, was born. They soon moved to Carlisle where Ross, Randy, and Lori would be born into the family. James, Myrtle Lee,
and the children would move as the propane companies advanced him and needed him. He became a plant manager and excelled
at prospering and managing the business that he was assigned to. The family lived in Keokuk and Mount Ayr before James
was assigned to Baldwin, Michigan where they lived from 1980 to 1989 when he retired, making Mount Ayr their permanent
James enjoyed watching tractor and horse pulls. He had and enjoyed a large garden. He loved being outdoors. During the
summer, you would see him sitting on the front porch waving to every car that drove by. James was a great cook; a skill
he tapped upon while in the US Army. Family was important to James and he was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa. He had
a gift of conversation and 'never knew a stranger'. He will be remembered as a jokester and kidder; witty and good
James passed away at his home in Mount Ayr on September 26, 2011 surrounded by family.
He was preceded in death by his
parents; wife Myrtle Lee; daughter Lori Jean KING; grandson Adam Lee KING; sisters Lois FETTERS and Alberta Florence
THOMAS; brothers Earl KING and Dale KING.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children Gary Harlan KING & wife Donna of Grant City, MO, Michael Ross KING
& wife Gerry of Mount Ayr, Randy Lee KING & wife Janine of Shawnee, KS, and Sarah Marie MATHANY & husband Wes of Mount
Ayr; grandchildren David, Lori, Daniel KING; Michael, Jamie, Ryan, and Joey KING; Brien JOHNSON; Carson and Brayden
MATHANY; 5 great-grandchildren and 2 more soon to be born; sisters Vera COPE of Carlisle, IA and Nadine OLSON & husband
Richard of Wisconsin; sisters-in-law Jeane KING of Indianola and Betty KING of Milo, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives
A memorial fund is established to the Mount Ayr Assembly of God Church.
Services were conducted at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Saturday, October 1, 2011, with Rev. Doug
ROHRER officiating. Musicians included Nancy SACKETT, Mary DAVENPORT and Margaret BICKERS.
Casket bearers included David
KING, Daniel KING, Ryan KING, Joey KING, Jamie KING and Brien JOHNSON.
Honorary pallbearers were Michael KING and Lori
Military rites were by Ringgold Post #172 and Iowa Honor Guard Unit.
James was laid at rest in the
Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.
Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2011
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