Earl E. King|
Earl Everett King, area rancher and former mayor of Gridley, passed away at home of natural causes April 23. He was 94.
A member of the pioneering King and Watson families who made the Gridley area home in the mid-1800s, King cherished his deep local roots and gave back to his community as volunteeer firefighter, fire chief, city councilman. As mayor, he championed the city's early adoption of community-owned utilities.
The first man in Butte Country drafted into service in World War II, King rose to First Sergeant as part of the 824th Tank Destroyer Battalion, fighting in France and Germany.
For more than 50 years, he farmed rice on the family ranch west of Gridley.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruth Hunter King of Gridley; sister Evelyn Briggs of Yuba City; son Robert King and daughter- in-law Mary King of Gridley; daughter Carole King and son- in-law Dennis Woodruff of Oakland; grandchildren Brett King of Madrid, Spain; Brian King and Aisha Djalo King of Bissau, Guinea-Bissau; Megan and Jack Woodruff of Oakland; and great- grandsons Gabriel King, Devan Hill and Dylan Sharrock.
A public viewing will be held Tuesday, April 30, from 5-8 p.m at the Gridley-Block Funeral Home. Services will be held Wednesday, May 1 at 2 pm at the Gridley-Biggs Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Gridley Moose Lodge, 1533 Hwy 99.
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Published in Appeal Democrat from Apr. 30 to May 1, 2013