George B. King

Friday, December 28, 2012

George B. King, age 77, of Storm Lake, died Dec. 18, 2012 at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Funeral services wereheld Saturday, Dec. 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake. Burial will be in Winona, Minn. at a later date. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake is in charge of the arrangements.

George Bernard King was born Aug.21, 1935 in Winona, Minn. the son of Frederick Joseph and Mary Clare (Ryan) King. He was baptized in Winona, Minn. where he was later confirmed.

Growing up, he graduated from Cotter High School in Winona with the class of 1953. Following high school graduation, he attended St. Mary's College in Winona.

After college, George joined the United States Air Force on Oct. 19, 1955 where he served his country until he was honorably discharged on Oct. 18, 1959.

On Aug. 20, 1960, George was united in marriage to Barbara E. Walter in Winona. Together, they were blessed with two children: Elizabeth and Colin.

George was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight. He was also a honorary member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at Iowa State University.

George worked with Federated Insurance and later United Fire and Casualty as an Insurance Adjustor retiring after 40 years of service. In 1969, they moved to Storm Lake as a family. George enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan. He also enjoyed calling bingo at St. Mary's and the KC Hall. He was always a supportive person who carried a positive attitude.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barbara King of Storm Lake; children: Elizabeth (Dennis Kennan) King-Kennan of Shelton, Conn.; Colin (Carrie) King of Urbandale; two grandchildren: Thomas and Emily King; sister, Anne King and her friend, Wally Burley of Winona, Minn.; many nieces and nephews; extended family and friends.

George was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers: William, James, Fred, John, and Thomas; four sisters: Elsa Pahler, Jean Fedders, Shelia Watkowski, and Olga Neville.