Velma King

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WEST LIBEERTY - Velma Irene Headings Plank King, 95, of West Liberty, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at her home. Velma "Grandma Plank" was born in Logan County, Ohio on March 28, 1920 to the late Ezra and Nellie (Mohr) Headings. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Plank Sr.; her brother, Floyd Headings; her second husband, Herman King; and sisters-in-law, Lydia Elizabeth "Libby" Geil and Sarah Jeanette Hostetler.

Velma was a graduate of DeGraff High School and married Robert on June 4, 1944. She was a loving and proud homemaker and mother of Rebecca Smith Tretola, Robert L. (Joann) Plank Jr., Samuel Joe Plank and Ann (John) Thornburg. Her grandchildren include Karl James Smith, Christy (Jeremy) Kauffman, Geoff (Amanda) Smith, Juanita (Steve) Byler, Robert L. (Rena) Plank III, Julie (Eric) Yoder, Jennifer Lynn Plank, Emily (Adam) Cole, John Robert Thornburg and Christopher (Kylee) Thornburg. Her great-grandchildren include Madeline, Seth and Sophia Kauffman; Alexa, Ally and Annabelle Smith; Austin, Derek and Kristyn Byler; Sophia, Ethan and Elizabeth Plank; Lily and Wyatt Yoder; Katelyn, Ava, Lucy, Emma and Taylor Cole. Step-children are Dale (Stewart) King, Rosemary King and Steve (Teresa) King. Step-grandchildren are Scott (Lynn) and Rodney Nunemachers, Amanda (Ryan) Osborn and Seth King. Step-great-grandchildren are Jack and Paul Osborn and Madison Nunemachers. In-laws are Mary Kathryn King, Marjorie Headings, and Sam and Mary Lou Plank.

A homemaker, Velma was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church where she spent many years arranging the altar flowers. Her home was always open to cook and enjoy time with family and friends. The family is very thankful for the wonderful care that was given Velma at Greenhills Daybreak and by her sitter and friend, Lydia Kerns.

A funeral service to celebrate Velma's life will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Bethel Mennonite Church, 416 Washington Street, West Liberty where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Locus Grove Mennonite Missions Program, 3358 West Main Street, Belleville, PA 17004.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME in West Liberty and online condolences may be expressed to the family at

Published in Weekly Currents from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2016