BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Robert A. “Bob” King Sr., 62, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Jan. 21, 2013, at home after a yearlong battle with cancer and years of health issues.
He was born Dec. 31, 1950, the son of Robert Leighton and Martha Ann (Allen) King in Newark.
He spent his younger years in New Lexington, McConnellsville and Mount Vernon, graduating in 1969 from Mt. Vernon High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served between 1970-76 with two Southeast Asia tours. He attended Columbus Technical Institute in the Mechanical Engineering/Drafting degree program. Bob’s civilian government career started at Defense Supply Center Columbus, and in 1998 was transferred to the H-D-I Federal Center, Battle Creek, Mich., where he retired in 2007.
Bob is survived by Barbara A. Carlisle, his wife of 35-years; daughter, Elizabeth Kate-Marie Clark (fiancé, Bryan Parmer) of Battle Creek, Mich.; son, Robert A. (Jennifer) King Jr. of Reynoldsburg; grandchildren, Kandice Nicole Clark, Zachary Allen-Roy Clark, Rachael Noel King, Nicole Lily King and Brittany Krause; brother, Terry Lee (Kim) King of Marysville; sister, Dee Ann King Allerding of Mount Vernon. Bob leaves behind the Carlisle in-laws; many nieces, nephews; and some very special friends, especially, Larry Jacobs, Pat Wood and Charity Johnson.
Bob enjoyed drag racing his own cars in the 1970-80s, a NHRA official for District 3 (1984-88), and being part of King Racing. He also enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. In addition, Bob was active in his communities, with the Jaycees (Southeast Ohio, 1977-85), volunteer rural firefighter (1990-95) and first responder for Basil Joint Fire District, Baltimore, where he received the distinction in 1994 for the volunteer with the most runs. His volunteer work included serving as a group leader for Fort Custer Freedom Hunt. Bob had a kind heart and friendly smile; he knew no adversity and no self-pity during his illnesses. Special thanks to the Bronson Battle Creek Wound Center, Dr. Clark Johnson and the University of Michigan Sarcoma Clinic.
The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Shaw Funeral Home, Battle Creek. Services will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. at South Side Bible Church, Battle Creek, with Pastor Michael Brown officiating. Interment, Wilson Cemetery, Newark, at a later date. Memorial donations may go to South Side Bible Church.
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