October 14, 1925 ~ September 22, 2013
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.