2011-11-17 / Obituaries

Walter W. King

Jefferson, Md., 73

Walter W. “Bill” King, 73, of Jefferson, Md., died Saturday, November 12, 2011, at his farm in Crystal Spring.

Born November 17, 1937, in Frederick, Md., he was the son of the late Clarence Albert Sr. and Myrtle Marie Poole King.

He is survived by his children: Barbara Colunga and husband Jeff, Sylvia King, Sharon King and husband Robert Wultsch, Lisa Payne and her husband, Ernest, Stephanie Murphy and husband Edward, Ryan King and wife Heather, and Erica King; grandchildren: Nichole King and fiancé Michael Byers, Rachel King and partner Maurice Manigoe, Jeffery Colunga Jr. and fiancé Krystal Colobro, Lindsey Colunga, Gerrit Oakes and wife Catherine, Wesley Oakes, Taylor King, Jasmine Payne, Brianna Payne, Jayden King, Jada King, Jordyn King, Cullen Murphy and Keeley, Murphy; great-grandchildren: Maximus Oakes, William Oakes, Guinevere Colunga, Maurice Manigoe Jr. and Sean Manigoe; brothers: Clarence King Jr., Floyd King and Martin King; sisters: Margaret Hahn, Emma Rhoderick, Rosa Driggers, Helen Burdette, Elsie Johnson and Rebecca Crook; nephew Rick Hahn; and many, many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Arthur and Roland King; a sister, Mary Hahn; and a grandson, Jalen King.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. It was while serving in Germany that he met his former wife Evelyn, to whom he was married 37 years.

He owned and operated Walter W. King Plumbing & Heating Contractor Inc. for 39 years. During that time he helped establish numerous other businesses, partnerships and ventures. He was truly a self-made man. He never backed down from a challenge and enjoyed a good fight. He loved hunting and farming on his beef cattle farm “The King Ranch” in Crystal Spring. He often referred to it as God’s Country. He enjoyed a good time and celebrating with family and friends.

He will be remembered by the devotion of Bruce Boyd, Ricky Dickinson and many other employees and associates too numerous to mention.

The family will receive friends at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Thursday November 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Services will be held Friday, November 18, at 11 a.m., with Pastor David Howell officiating. Interment will be at the conveniences of the family.

In addition to the services in Maryland there will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, November 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Breezewood VFW in Breezewood where he was a lifetime member. All are welcome.

He always supported the Patty Pallatos Fund and therefore in lieu of flowers the family requests donations, in his memory, be made to P.P.F. Inc., 11102 Eagletree Drive, New Market, MD 21774-6704.

Online condolences at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.

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