John "Jack" King


John William (Jack) King, 87, Fargo, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.

Jack was born on October 14, 1925, in Fargo to Samuel and Frances (Link) King.  He grew up in Fargo, graduating from Fargo Central in 1943.  He enlisted in the Navy, serving from June 2, 1943 until April 20, 1946.  He served aboard the USS Dixie in the Pacific during WWII, where he was an Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class.  On May 1, 1947, Jack was united in marriage to Gladys Savageau at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  They made their home in south Fargo and raised 5 children in the house that he built himself.  Gladys passed away in 1989.   Jack worked as an electrician his entire career and opened his own business, King Electric. 

Jack was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, the American Legion, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 1426), Model A Club, and Hickson Pleasant Senior Citizens.  He also proudly participated in the North Dakota WWII Honor Flight.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, antique cars, gardening, ushering at St. Anthony’s, painting, and helping with the Daily Bread Program.  He treasured the time he spent with his family.  One of his greatest joys was teaching his children and grandchildren to hunt and fish.  He received Manitoba’s Master Angler Award, an honor for an angler who catches trophy fish.

Jack is survived by his children, Jeff (Anne) King, Hot Springs, AR; Pam (Tim) Oster, Pottsboro, TX; daughter-in-law, Jo Suden King;  Brad (Becky) King, Fargo, ND; Alan (Gail) King, Mandan, ND; sibling, Carolyn Stricker Jacobson, Moorhead, MN; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and relatives; and his very special friend of 20 years, Gladys Pranke, Fargo, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 42 years, Gladys Savageau King; son Steven King; great-grandchild Connor Woods; siblings, Maxine Graber, Dorothy Fink, Samuel King, and Lawrence King.

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  1. I am so sorry for your lost. I hope in this difficult time you find comfort from the “God of comfort” that is descibed in the bible. (2 Cor.1:3,4)

  2. fargo ND
    Pam, So sorry for your loss of your wonderful Dad.Jack was a great guy, all the neighborhood kids liked him.Candy Oye Weixel

  3. Fargo Jack was our neighbor and is very special to us. He and I went hunting several times, had a great time and got our birds most times. I was pretty amazed at what a good golfer he was, but he was pretty accomplished at many things! He sure took pride in his Model A restoration and we got to enjoy a fine Sunday cruise when finished. We had many fun talks in the yard also, as he was a quite the conversationalist. I will miss Jack dearly, he was a good friend and a great neighbor. Tom.

    I enjoyed spending time with Jack, if he had a project he was working on, he would wave me over so I could check it out and if I was working on one he would come and see my work and even make suggestions so it could be better! Had fun golfing with him, he played a great game.
    I will miss him and grateful to have known such a great man.


  4. Fargo N.D
    .Pam & the rest of the King Sorry for your loss of your dad my thoughts & prayers go out to you in your of need

  5. Fargo ND
    \We will all miss Jack………..the joy of seeing him drive over to West Country Club Drive and have something fun and delicious to comment on and share an old story of his life. He was a treat to meet and we will miss him greatly.
    Loretta Bartholomay

  6. I am truy sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Gods promise found at Revelation 21:4, “..He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more..”

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