Francis “Curly” King, age 80, of Gladstone passed away on Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Bishop Noa Home in Escanaba, after a lengthy battle of lung cancer. Curly had high spirits until the end, as he fought a courageous fight. He died surrounded by his loving family.
Curly was born September 9, 1930 in Escanaba, the son of George and Agnes (Chenier) King. Curly lived his entire life in the Flat Rock and Gladstone area. He honorably served his country in the United States Army and National Guard. He married Rosalie Derusha on September 1, 1951, a union they shared for 55 years. Curly worked as a pipefitter for the Mead Paper Corporation for 41 years until his retirement in 1992. He was a member of the Mead Gun Club and Bishop Noa Men’s Club. He enjoyed hunting, crafts, cooking, playing cribbage and going to the casino. Curly liked joking around with others and loved life. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by:
3 sons: Roger (Lori) King of Gladstone, MI
Garry (Beth) King of Oconto, WI
Dan (Terri) King of Gladstone, MI
3 daughters: Debra (Mark) Winker of Soo Hill, MI
Cindy (Tom) Taylor of Menomonee Falls, WI
Connie (Tony) Mayville of Escanaba, MI
Daughter-in-law: Laura Meyer of Georgia
11 Great Grandchildren and one on the way
3 brothers: Lawrence King of Gladstone, MI
Richard (Julie) King of Harvey, MI
John (Phyllis) King of Gladstone, MI
1 sister: Lorraine Froberg of Escanaba, MI
Numerous nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie; a son, Wayne “Butch” King, his parents; his brothers, Henry “Hank” King, Donald King and Robert “Min” King and sisters, Dorothy LaFave and Rose Wheatley
Curly’s family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 9 from 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM at the Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military rites will be conducted at 5:15 PM by the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71. Funeral services will be at 5:30 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Fr. Jose Maramattam officiating. A luncheon will follow services in the Father Matt Hall at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock. Curly will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.