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David Wallace King

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David Wallace King Obituary
David Wallace King,,82, of Akron, Colorado was born October 27, 1932 to Benjamin and Velma Blanche (Wallace) King in rural Reno County near Nickerson, Kansas. He passed away November 24, 2014 at the Washington County Nursing Home in Akron.
David attended a country school through the eighth grade, entered high school in Jetmore, Kansas, completing his freshman and sophomore years. In 1947, the family, which included his sister, Ruth, purchased and moved to a farm north and west of Arriba, Colorado where David and Ruth completed their high school education. David graduated from Arriba High School with the class of 1950.
Following graduation, David pursued his college education at Colorado A & M College in Fort Collins, Colorado, now known as Colorado State University. During his four years as an Aggie, he enrolled in the ROTC program while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture in 1954. During those summers he attended ROTC Summer Camp at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He financed his college education through employment involving handy man jobs for local residents, working in a candy factory, performing ice cream quality control and also did various other forms of manual labor. He joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, which offered him a bit of social life. His brother William Gregory was born soon after he left for his freshman year of college.
After college graduation, David was inducted into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant; his first location of duty was at Gary Air Force Base in Texas. He completed Officer Candidate Flight School to become a Liaison Pilot, flying a Fixed Wing L-19 Bird Dog. His next assignment was in Korea for 18 months, transporting USO entertainer and military personnel. His main mission was to drop communication wire from his plane near the demilitarized zone located near the North Korean border, a rather dangerous assignment.
Following his overseas duty in Korea, he was stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama for the remainder of his active duty. He was honorably discharged on April 30, 1958 but remained on Reserve status until June of 1962.
David returned to Colorado and spent several years searching for employment to make use of his General Agriculture degree. In the meantime he sought employment working as a mechanic in a Chevrolet garage/dealership in Hugo, Colorado and measuring crop acreage for the Lincoln and Washington County's ASCS offices. Fortunately the Chaffee County ASCS office management position became available in 1960.
It was during those times searching for employment that he met Violet Joyce Jensen in Hugo where David's sister, Ruth and husband Lee Kraxberger were residing. After several years of long distancxe dating, the couple was married on June 19, 1960 and moved to Salida to make their new home. David and Joyce were later blessed with the birth of their first child, a daughter, Lorilynn.
In October,, 1962 the Washington County ASCS office manager, Robert Goodman, was leaving to enter the real estate business. The King family of three made the big move from the mountains to the eastern plains. David remained in this office manager position until he retired in 1989 after 27 years.
A second daughter, Kari Sue, joined the family in 1963 and the family bought a home near the present location of Akron High School. In 1968 son David Wayne was born, who then was brought up in his father's many industrious activities. Examples of these include remodeling his home or local homes for rental property, refinishing antique furniture for customers, building furniture, sharpening tools and saw blades for customers, to name a few.
While the children were growing, David decided to install a lawn sprinkler system in his yard - little did he realize this venture would expand. He continued with this endeavor for 25 years, installing systems for local residents, Akron's city and swimming pool parks, the high school football, baseball and Little League fields and the Pioneer Haven and Prairie Vista apartments. He sold his sprinkler business in 2005.
David's health began to decline around 2007 and in January, 2011 he entered Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush, Colorado; he later was transferred to the Washington County Nursing Home in May, 2013 where he remained until he passed away November 24, 2014.
David held membership in many organizations: Akron Masonic Lodge No. 74 - A.F. & A.M. Royal Arch Masons of Colorado, Colorado Council and Commander chapters in Sterling, Colorado, Martha Washington Chapter No. 47, Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Post No. 66, Akron Volunteer Fire Department, Washington County Ambulance Service where he served as an Emergency Medical Technician and the Akron United Methodist Church.
He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and fellow citizen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Velma King.
Surviving him is his wife of 54 years, Joyce; Daughters Lorilynn and husband, Jon Stastny of Longmont and Kari Cocozzella and husband Peter of Denver; son, Wayne and wife Kelly of Centennial; seven grandchildren: Brian, Walter and Diana Wohler, Christopher Cocozzella and wife Cassie, Alessandra Cocozzella, Megan and Kayla Kind; sister, Ruth Loutzenhiser of Brush; brother Greg and wife Susan of Limon; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and many friends.
David led an honorable Christian life and he will be missed. Memorial services were held Friday, November 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Akron Methodist Church with Rev. Phil Vogels presiding. Bowin Funeral Home directed the services. A family memorial inurnment will be conducted at a later date at Ft. Logan Cemetery in Denver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron Methodist Church or to the Washington County Nursing Home.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Dec. 3, 2014
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