Clyde Orlie Herman King (1928 - 2016)

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Clyde Orlie Herman King, 88, of St. Peter, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at his home.
Services will be held at noon on Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in St. Peter, with Reverend Emrick officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in St. Peter. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Pagel Funeral Homes in St. Peter, and a viewing will be from 11 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: St. Peter's Lutheran Church, St. Peter's Lutheran School, Special Olympics of Illinois-Area 14, Mt. Vernon Mavericks Special Olympics or donor's choice. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. King was born on Oct. 20, 1928, in St. Peter, the son of Jesse and Vera (Niehaus) King. He married Caroline Sue Jahraus on May 21, 1950, in Corinth, Miss.; she preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 1992.
Cyde served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War. He joined his father, Jesse, in the family business, King's Garage, in 1960 and worked until he retired in 1998. He loved restoring old cars and was a member of the Falcon Club and Oldsmobile Club. He attended many vintage car shoes around Illinois and other states, where several of his cars won awards. The James Dean show, "My Classic Cars," featured one of his cars. Clyde drove his cars in many parades and won numerous trophies. Besides his classic cars, Clyde enjoyed traveling. One of his fondest memories was traveling to Alaska with a friend on a three-month tour through Travel Traks tours by RV. He loved going to his grandchildren's sporting events, watching St. Louis Cardinal baseball, going to the family spot on Vandalia Lake and spending time with family and friends. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, former St. Peter Lutheran School board member, and a member of the St. Peter American Legion and St. Peter Fire Department.
He is survived by his son, Bradley King and his wife Theresa; daughter, Brenda and her husband Doug Schafer of St. Peter; four grandchildren, Brandon Smith and his wife Brianne of St. Louis, Mo., Kelsey King and special friend Randy Bishop of Brownstown, Lexi Schafer and special friend Derek Back of Edwardsville, and Connor King of St. Peter, Illinois; one great-grandchild, Logan Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin daughters, Vera and Ella, in infancy; and two brothers, Earl and Robert King.

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110 W. Third St.
St. Peter, IL 62880
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Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 11 to Dec. 21, 2016
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