Francis King(1922 - 2014)

iconphotoFrancis I. "Fran" King, age 91; passed away peacefully after a long life, with family members at his side. Born: September 25, 1922, Lead (The Black Hills), South Dakota. Died: February 1, 2014, Libertyville, Illinois. Devoted husband, for 64 years, to loving and surviving wife Barbara (Nelson) King. Dedicated father to seven children: Michael (Nancy), Stephen, Jeffrey (Mary, deceased '06), Timothy (Luanne), Kevin, Jennifer (Rich) Williams, and Sarah (Glenn) Balasky. Preceded in death by son, Kevin, in 1968.Proud grandfather to fifteen and great-grandfather to five. To be remembered for his love and commitment to family, faith, selflessness, inner-strength, positive outlook, discipline, humor, wit, story-telling, affection for reading, and enthusiasm for The Black Hills. WWII U.S. Army Air Corp veteran; piloted B17 bombers on 32 missions with the 15th Air Force/97th Bomb Group/414 Squadron; flying out of Foggia, Italy, from September,1944, to VE-day. Re-entered studies at South Dakota State College in 1946, where he met Barbara; marrying in August, 1949. A professional career in journalism, advertising/communications, and agri-data management extended until his early-70's; taking him to Deere & Company, J.I. Case, International Harvester, Chicago-based advertising agencies, and to co-founder of Market Identification, Inc. Upon retirement, and after years of residency in the Libertyville-area, Fran and Barbara lived in Door County, WI; Phoenix, AZ; and Spearfish, SD; returning to the Libertyville-area in 2007. Visitation to be held Monday, February 10, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at McMurrough Chapel, 101 Park Place, Libertyville, IL (Rt 176, 1 Block East of Milwaukee Ave). Funeral mass to be conducted on Tuesday, February 11, 10:00am, at St. Joseph Catholic Parish, 121 East Maple St., Libertyville, IL (in the Koenig Center Chapel, between the school and church). Private interment at Ascension Cemetery, Libertyville, IL will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, or other remembrances, the family would appreciate donations in Fran's name to , Chicago, IL (; or, to St. Joseph Catholic Parish, Libertyville, IL ( Funeral info (847) 362-2626. Please sign the guestbook at

Funeral Home

McMurrough Funeral Chapel
101 Park Place Libertyville, IL 60048

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 7 to Feb. 9, 2014