Howard E. King, 91, of Davenport, Iowa died at home on Friday, April 27th surrounded by his beloved family after a courageous battle with acute leukemia.
Services to celebrate his life will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 5th at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park where military honors will be conducted. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice or the Bettendorf VFW Honor Guard.
He was born in Muscatine, Iowa on December 9, 1926, the son of Walter and Mary (Shryock) King and was a graduate of Davenport High School. On July 24, 1948, he was united in marriage to Anna I. Ring in Bettendorf. She preceded him in death on May 2, 2008.
In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and upon his honorable discharge as a Sergeant in 1947, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon.
Howard retired from the Alcoa Company as a machinist after36 years of faithful service.
His memberships included the Alcoa Retirees Club, the former Aluminum, Brick & Glassworkers Union Local #105 and the Bettendorf VFW where he was a past-commander. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, “exploring” with his metal detector, playing cribbage and euchre and traveling across the United States with his beloved wife.
Those left to honor his memory include his children, Carol (Jerry) Jacobsen, Roger (Maggie) King and David King, all of Davenport; ten grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his “grand-dog,” Sophie; and his cousin, Maryellen Hodge of Davenport.
In addition to his wife, his daughter, Sharon Schwarz and his grandson, Clint Jacobsen preceded him in death.