William A. King|
William A. King, "Bill", age 75, of Lockport, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at his residence with his family at his side. Born in Joliet, living in Lockport the majority of his life. He owned and operated an irrigation company for 40 years.
Bill graduated in 1957 from Joliet Township High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1960 as an aircraft mechanic on the B-57 airplanes, stationed in Japan and Korea.
Bill enjoyed many hobbies throughout the course of his life, such as shooting, hunting, fishing, golfing, playing his guitar and oil and water painting. He was also an accomplished runner, competing in many marathons throughout the United States, and was an avid New York Yankees and Chicago Bears fan. Bill was a loving husband, father and cherished grandfather. His greatest joy was attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his parents, William and Agnes (Nelson) King; and his "adopted" parents, Ernie and Marge Francescion.
Survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Wilma (Bolte); his children, Kristin (Ken) Goffinet, Ketti (Steve) Mello, Matthew King and Andrew (Susan) King; his grandchildren, Daniel, Nicholas and Kristina Mello, Bradley, Austin and Kelsey Goffinet and Samuel and Elijah King; a sister, Beth Ales; a brother, Dennis King; and a 47 year friend of Bill W. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Dennis Church or School in Bill's name would be appreciated.
The King family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the Vitas Hospice Staff for their wonderful care and support.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 11, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. from the O'NEIL FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL, 1105 E. 9TH ST. (159TH ST.), LOCKPORT to St. Dennis Church, Lockport for Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood with full military honors. Visitation Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
Family and friends can sign the online guest book or attain directions at: www.oneilfuneralhome.com
Published in The Herald-News from Aug. 8 to Aug. 10, 2014