ESCANABA - David King, 85, of Escanaba, formerly of Rapid River, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, from complications of Alzheimers.
David was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Rapid River to Julius and Lionel "Lina" (Rose) King. He was a student of Rapid River High School before he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1944 at the age of 17.
He married the love of his life, Carol Jones, on Dec. 22, 1950.
David Lawrence King
David worked for Harnischfeger Corp, Escanaba, until 1984 when the company closed. At the age of 56, he and Carol enjoyed their early retirement years by wintering in Mission, Texas.
David was an excellent musician of the accordion, button box, and concertina. He also played the harmonica and Jew's harp. He performed for weddings and other gatherings with a group of musician friends and family members. During retirement, he relished performing in many Texan Snowbird jam sessions. He was never without an accordion.
In earlier years, he also sang in the choir at the Congregational church in Rapid River. He was also an avid pool player, having played many tournaments, and he was a diehard Packers fan.
David was engaging, made friends easily, loved to play tricks, and had an infectious laugh. He respected continual learning, taking risks, and enjoying life.
David is survived by Carol, his wife of 62 years; his daughters, Carolyn Dargevics (Martin) of Neenah, Wis., Cathy Stone (Bob) of Rapid River, Charryn McDowell (Robert) of Leander, Texas, Dayna King of Escanaba; and his son, Brion King (Kathleen) of Brampton. He is further survived by nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one sister, Dona Quinn (John) of Gladstone; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, David; and siblings, Julius, Madeline, Robert, Elma, Harley, Arabelle, Delore, Edsil, Elsie, and Roger; in addition to his parents.
David's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites will follow visiting hours at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone by the Rapid River American Legion Post 301. Funeral services to celebrate the life of David L. King will follow military rites with Rev. William Rafuse of the Rapid River Congregational Church officiating. Luncheon will follow at the Rapid River Congregational Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Michigan Chapter of the Upper Peninsula Region. Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Messages of condolence to the King family can be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.