Charlie King 1932-2020
Charles Glenn King, 88, of Holton, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020, at The Pines in Holton.
He was born April 16, 1932, in Mayetta, the son of Charles O. and Cliffie Maye (Suttles) King. He graduated from Holton High School in 1950.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. He was released from active duty to the Army Reserves, where he served eight years and was honorably discharged as a corporal.
Charlie was employed for 37 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Topeka. He also farmed for many years and especially loved putting up hay.
He was a member of Holton VFW Memorial Post 1367 and a member of the Oddfellows.
On Dec. 18, 1955, Charles was united in marriage to Ethel Ann Bradley in Holton. They shared more than 64 years of marriage.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Ethel Ann, of the home; two daughters, Debra “Deb” Knouft (Mark) of Holton and Carolyn King of Oskaloosa; a son, David King (Debbie) of Holton; two sisters, Dixie Haag of Holton and Betty Estes (Ronnie) of Holton; 11 grandchildren, Carly (Brett), Lindsay (Ryan), Tara (Lloyd), Dustin (Andrea), Josh (Amy), Ryan (Pam), Nick (Jody), Aaron, Ben (Danielle), Bryson (Heather) and Taylor (Eli); and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth King; two sisters, Francis Richards and Mary McAlexander; and two grandsons, Nathan Wheeler and Lee King.
A private family memorial service will be held Thursday on the family farm. A drive-by memorial will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday evening, May 14 in front of the B&P Propane building at 21786 Q Rd., Holton. It is suggested that those driving out to speak to the family enter from the north and exit to the south for better traffic flow. A guest book will be available to sign and a family photo video available for viewing at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton through Friday, May 22.
The family strongly suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SOLID Christian Church or Heart of Jackson Humane Society, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Due to the critical situation our country is in, please remember the families during this difficult time and consider sending a card of condolence or posting on our Web site, www.mercerfuneralhomes.com