James “Jim” E. King Sr., age 89, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 28, 2023 at Christian Park Center in Escanaba.
Jim was born on July 9, 1934 in Wells, the son of Raymond and Georgene (Schomer) King. He was raised in Gladstone and left school to enlist in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged after serving. Jim worked for most of his life as a truck driver, retiring from A&M Express. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and going to the casino.
Jim is survived by his children, James (Laura) King Jr. of Escanaba, Raymond (Brenda) King of Rapid River, Donna (Jerry) Eis of Escanaba, and Debbie (Bob) McIntyre of Newaygo; sister Sharon (Emery) Dault of Illinois; grandchildren Danielle (Larry) Valiquette, Raeanne King, Rian King, Jason (Stephanie) King, Jennifer King, Kim Eis, Brandon (Kelsey) Eis, and Cheryl (Simon) Allaway; great-grandchildren Addie, Sophie, and Aria Valiquette, Hannah King, Abigail Saup, Jayden King, and Kane and Walker Eis.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margie Maxine King; and siblings Ron (Barb) King, Pat Grimm, Jean (Joe) Allsworth, and infant sister Nancy Lou King.