Walt D. King, age 84, of Alexandria, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Unity Point Hospital in Keokuk, IA.
Walt was born September 26, 1935, in Mason City, IA, the son of J. D. and Marie “Mig” Grey King.
He married Patricia Fransen and they were the parents of a son, Tim.
He later married Sherri Johnson and they were the parents of Julie, Joni, Chad and Dan.
Survivors include his five children: Tim King and his wife, Brenda, of Dougherty, IA, Julie King and her husband, Todd Miller, of Keokuk, IA, Joni King-Gorman of Wayland, MO, Chad King and his wife, Nikki, and Dan King and his wife, Crystal, all of Alexandria, MO; twelve grandchildren: Travis King, Crystal Cogswell, Joseph Krumey, Daniel Gorman, Arlie Shannon, Chelsi West, Hailie Mann, Luke King, and J. D. Michael, Lilee, Isaac, and Axell King; as well as twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Walt graduated from high school in Mason City, where he broke records and medaled in boxing, wrestling and track.
He achieved the Golden Glove Award in boxing.
He was also known during that time for “hot rodding”.
Walt owned and operated King’s Auto Salvage and was always looking for a good deal.
He was very content in his life and loved driving around town with his dogs chasing behind.
He enjoyed spending time with the locals near and on the Mississippi River and had a passion for Grey Island.
He also enjoyed “Hee Haw” and the “Grand ‘Ole Opry”.
He cherished his friendship with long-time school friends, Red Taylor and Charlie Joint, Jerry and Cindy Colwell, and many others in the community.
More than anything, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Donna Reid officiating. Special music was “Blue Monday”, “Blueberry Hill”, “Amazing Grace” and “Tennessee Whiskey”.
Honorary Pallbearers were Carver Long and Todd Miller. Pallbearers were Joseph Krumey, Danial Gorman, Luke King, J. D. King, Isaac King and Travis King.
Burial was in the Sand Cemetery at St. Francisville.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 9:00 a.m. Monday with family receiving friends from 12 noon until services at 1:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the family with checks made payable to Dan King.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.