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King was born April 9, 1928, in Denver, Colo., to Bonnie (Witt) and William Harold King, and died Nov. 2, 2013, due to complications of acute myelocytic leukemia.
He grew up in Amarillo, and graduated from Price College in 1946. He went to Northrop Aeronautical Institute in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1948.
After graduating, he was employed by Northrup Aircraft, and concurrently served in the United States Navy Reserve for four years.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1952, serving for 26 years, which included assignments in seven of the United States, as well as Saudi Arabia, Germany, Korea and Vietnam.
He retired as a Master Sergeant in Tucson, Ariz., where he had served as a quality assurance inspector and technical writer for some of the Air Force’s most advanced electronic systems.
Following his military career, he worked in the computer and electronics industry in the Los Angeles, Calif., area for 13 years.
In 1988, he moved to Henderson County, where he owned and operated the Evening Shadows RV Park in Tool for nine years.
He retired in 1997, subsequently buying a home and settling in the West Cedar Creek Lake community.
He also served as a director of the West Cedar Creek Municipal Utility District for many years.
He was married to Anne Pauline Labus King for 14 years, with whom he had four children.
He was married to Gertrud Lauterbach King for 51 years, with whom he had two children.
He was an avid photographer and became a home computer enthusiast. After his retirement, he developed a deep and enduring passion for studying the genealogical records of the ancestors of both his parents.
His visits to family around the country would often be interspersed with trips to various county courthouses to gather data from the public records.
Through his genealogical research, he was able to cultivate many contacts as he documented historical accounts of past generations immigrating to and settling in America.
His research uncovered some rather surprising connections to European royalty several generations back and he was known to joke about legitimately claiming the title of being a ‘Royal Half-Witt,’ referring to his maternal Witt family lineage.
His completed works include The Life of William Harold King–as He Lived It, as He Saw It, and as He Recorded It; The Ancestral Witt Family Lineage of John Foster Witt and Paralee London & Their Descendants; The Witt Genealogy Book; and My King Family.
Survivors include his wife, Gertrud; children Linda Witt-King, Susan K. Drilea, G. Michael King, Donna C. King, (Annamarie) Sister M. Josepha King and Joseph W. King; grandchildren Kari Leigh Marucchi, David M. Katz, Jasmine S. Bulin, Jennifer Drilea, Alexi Drilea, and twins Alison and Ryan King; sisters Rita Hoehn and husband Bill, Anne Winter; brother James B. King and wife Evelyn and their children and grandchildren; cousin Lita Joyce Holstein; many other extended relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Condolences may be posted at www.tomlinsonfuneral.com.