William (Bill) Monroe King passed away peacefully with his loving wife at his side on June 1, 2019 at Sanford Palliative Care.
For the past five years, Bill battled pancreatic cancer. His positive attitude, along with his strong desire to continue making memories with his family, helped him live well-beyond what was expected with the stage 4 cancer diagnosis. From the nurses to the people who do valet parking, everyone at Roger Maris Cancer Center knew him by first name. His doctor said he has never had a patient live that long with pancreatic cancer. He often joked that he was on his third cancer doctor as his previous two doctors retired while treating him and his goal was to retire the third one.
Bill was born to Monroe and Mavis (Swapp) King on June 30, 1948 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. He graduated from Fargo Central in 1967 and went on to complete accounting courses at Interstate Business College. In 1970, he started working for Nichelson Oil, where he was late for work the very first day because of a flat tire. This was devastating to a guy who had to be fifteen minutes early for everything, but he went on to be a valued employee for the next 47 years. During the final four years of his career, the company was sold and became Kotaco Fuels. He retired in August of 2017 with a deep appreciation for his time at both Nichelson’s and Kotaco. Even after retiring, he continued to find ways to make Excel spreadsheets for everything and to stay in touch with his many work friends. His work was also his hobby. For many years, he also did the tax reports each month for Lileks Oil and continued this job right up until his most recent hospital stay.
In August of 1970, Bill married his high school sweetheart, Mary (Brunelle) King. After almost 49 years of marriage, Bill and Mary continued to inspire others with their dedication and love for each other. They had two daughters, Jennifer and Cherie, and Bill could not have been more proud of them and his sons-in-law, Kevin Schuldheisz and Chad Moody. The family really became complete with the addition of his three precious grandchildren who Bill adored and loved spending time with.
Bill had a passion for hunting and fishing. He enjoyed many hunting trips to the Badlands with dear friends. He passed on his love for the outdoors to his grandchildren with family trapshoots and fishing adventures. Bill loved road trips and vacations. As a Disney World fan, he especially enjoyed family vacations to Florida. After his cancer diagnosis, the whole family was blessed with the opportunity to vacation in Florida four additional times which created lasting memories for all. Bill also enjoyed bowling, golfing, eating at buffets (true story!) and had fun at everything he did.
Bill’s final days were filled with faith, love, and laughter as he was surrounded by family and dear friends. He used the opportunity to say goodbye; sharing his love for them and reliving memories. Despite the pain and impending outcome, he considered this time to be a precious blessing and described the days as some of the best of his life. His faith, courage, and positivity during this time reminded everyone why he had the strength to continue to LIVE while fighting cancer for so long.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Brunelle) King; two daughters, Jennifer (Kevin) Schuldheisz, and Cherie (Chad) Moody; three grandchildren, which meant the world to him, Marissa and Devin Schuldheisz, Brock Hendrickson; his five sisters, Cindy Wegner, St. Augustine, FL, Sandy Van Erem, Mapleton, Deb Brunsvold, Fargo, Becky (Larry) Wright, West Fargo, and April King, West Fargo; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe and Mavis (Swapp) King.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be presented to the Outdoor Adventure Foundation to sponsor a hunting or fishing adventure for a child with a life threatening illness.