Lonnie James King, 88, of Stanwood, Wash., passed away Friday, Jan. 27, at his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1923, Lonnie was a son of the late Everett Bradley and Gletha (Bastin) King in Hustonville, Ky. He was raised during the depression and worked on the family farm until joining the United States Navy. He served during World War II as a motor mechanic on a destroyer escort, the USS Wesson DE-184, in the South Pacific. Lonnie worked his entire life as a mechanic in Chicago, Ill.,, Phoenix, Ariz., and for Twin City Foods in Stanwood, Wash. He spent many years raising livestock and working a small farm. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a skilled marksman where in earlier years he competed in long range rifle shooting. His real love was having a huge garden and growing and preserving his own food. He was best known for his pickled asparagus, dilly beans and pork sausage. He’ll be remembered for his gift of gab....he had plenty of stories.
Survivors include his children, Gletha “Sue” Smith of Indiana, David (Heather) King of Snohomish, Wash., Carole (Jim) Ruble of Stanwood, Wash., Michael (Stacy) King of Lancaster, Ky., and Lori (Jason) Snow of Blaine, Wash.; four grandchildren, Brandon King, Stephanie Walker and Emery and Avery Snow; and two great grandchildren, Aiden and Rian Klotz.
Lonnie will be laid to rest with his parents and siblings at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford, Saturday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. A fellowship will follow at New Salem Baptist Church.