July 30, 1925 - April 27, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY James Merle King passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2013, after a long illness. Jim was born in Cedar Bluffs, Kansas, to Jim and Mabel King. He grew up in Cedar Bluffs and Oberlin, Kansas. During WWII, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he achieved the rank of Yeoman 2nd class; and during the Korean War, he was in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he achieved the rank of Captain. A Civil Engineer graduate of the University of Colorado and a Professional Engineer, he was a proud, avid Golden Buffaloes fan. Jim retired in 2007 after many years in commercial construction and starting his own construction company, Concrete Products, where his business built over 600 buildings. Jim also served as past Governor of Southwest Cosmopolitan Federation and was a member of the Professional Engineers Association. He was adored by his family, and his sense of humor was a joy not only to his family and friends, but also to the health care workers and everyone he met along the way. He was a man who would willingly give his opinion on any topic. He will be missed by those who loved him dearly. Jim is survived by Audrey, his beloved wife of 65 years; his daughter, Adele White; brother and sister-in-law, Owen & Sharon King, McCook, NE; grandchildren, Kerry Button & her husband William, of Wellington, CO; Kyle King, of Edmond; Jennifer Renfro & her husband Jason, of Yukon; Laura Nelson & her husband Brent, of Mustang; Brian White & his wife Sara, of Edmond; Scott White & his wife Shannon, of Moore; 10 beautiful great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by former daughter-in-law, Angela King; and former son-in-law, David White. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim & Mabel King; son, Stephen; brother, Glenn; sisters, Thelma, Nadiene, and Dixie; and precious great-granddaughter, Grace. Suggested memorials may be made to The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E Ohio St, Ste 304, Chicago, IL 60611; or The Grace Camden White (stillbirth research) Fund at any Bank of Oklahoma. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 30, 4-7 p.m. at Hahn-Cook Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 1 at All Souls' Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, OK.
Published in The Oklahoman on Apr. 30, 2013