David Greer King of Springfield, Mo., died May 1. He was 63.
David was a loving husband and father, an avid Bears baseball fan and longtime member of the Springfield community.
He worked for more than 30 years as an advocate for students seeking financial aid at Missouri State University.
In 2006 he retired as assistant director of the MSU Office of Student Financial Aid and returned to work part time in student employment services until the time of his death.
David was among the first graduates of the recreation program at Southwest Missouri State (now MSU). He later received an MBA from the university.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two and a half years active duty in the Vietnam War as a personnelman aboard the USS Mount Hood.
David was born in Arkansas in 1949 and spent his early years in Texas. His family moved to Springfield when he was in seventh grade. He grew up in the country north of Springfield, where he and his two brothers, Charles King and John King (both deceased), had many adventures. He graduated from Greenwood Laboratory School in 1967.
His father, Walter King (deceased), was a local poet and longtime librarian at MSU's Duane G. Meyer Library. His mother, Ruth King (deceased), raised three sons.
David attended Brentwood Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Anita King; his son, Michael King, of Springfield; his daughter, Laura King and partner, Andrew Twibell, of Austin, Texas; his brother-in-law, Alan Walden and wife, Pat, of Nixa; his nephews, Adam Walden and wife, Christa, and daughter, Ellera, of Springfield, and Jacob Walden and son, Parker, of Ozark; his sister-in-law, Carole Fader, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his aunt, Betty Miller, of Broseley.
A visitation will be held Monday, May 6 from 5-7 p.m. at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Gillioz Theatre or a purchase from your local record store. A celebration of life will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Ebbets Field Restaurant & Pub on Walnut Street following the visitation.
Published in the News-Leader from May 4 to May 6, 2013