James J. King, 85, Bismarck, formerly of Minot, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at St. Alexius Hospital in Bismarck, with his children and grandchildren by his side.
He was a loving, faithful, generous, humorous, appreciative husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He had a deep Catholic faith that was lived out in daily life. He was practical and down-to-earth.
James J. King was born Sept. 24, 1928, the son of Herbert C. and Gertrude (Amberson) King, in Minot. He was raised and educated in Minot and graduated from Minot State College. He learned the piano technician trade from his father and practiced it for 40 years.
James enlisted in the Air Force and served his country during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged. During his service to his country, he met the love of his life, Letitia Ann Kidwell. They were united in marriage Dec. 27, 1955, in Montgomery, Ala. From this union, four children, Andy, Mary Anne, Kathy, and Susan, were born. Following his honorable discharge, they made their home in Minot, where he continued his work as a piano technician and repairman.
He was a faithful member of Little Flower Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Post # 26, all Minot.
Ann passed away on Oct. 10, 1972. Following his wife's death, he raised four children as a single parent. Then, James became an active member of Parents Without Partners, giving the children and himself support after Ann's death. Mrs. Jean Parsley became an adopted grandma to the kids and a loyal friend to James. He was a committed volunteer, which included being a Eucharistic minister, delivering Meals on Wheels for 14 years, and food pantry work.
In his youth, he enjoyed experimenting with chemistry, short wave radio operation, riding his motorcycle and history. He later developed interests in fishing, camping, gardening, dancing, golfing, and playing cards. He enjoyed eating out and devouring chocolate. He treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren.
Following his retirement, his sense of humor blossomed and he brought much joy and laughter to those around him. James moved to Bismarck in 2007 and resided at Marillac Manor for five years, where he made many friends. He lived at St. Vincent's Care Center in Bismarck for his last year.
Surviving family includes: children, Andy (Brother Pio) King, St. Paul, Minn., Mary Anne (Jeff) Boucher, Pequot Lakes, Minn., Kathy King, Bismarck, Susan Chandler, Baxter, Minn.; grandchildren, Kathryn (Matthew) Chandler Wadsten, Mikaela Chandler, Ethan Boucher; sisters-in-law, Lois (King) Olson, Minot, Kathleen Faulkner, Montgomery, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.
James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann; sister, Eleanor "Bunny" Gilday; and brother, Herbert A. King.
Visitation: Friday, March 28, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, 21-3rd Ave. SW, Minot. At 7 p.m., a prayer vigil, sharing and rosary service will begin, led by Deacon Steve Streitz. Visitation will continue Saturday, March 29, from 9 to 10 a.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot.
Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m., at Little Flower Catholic Church in Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, 700-11th Ave. SE, Minot, Gate 7, Section 21.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Grace Food Pantry in Minot; Food for the Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL, 33097-9005, website address: (www.foodforthe/poor.org); and Covenant House of New York, Homeless Youth Shelter and Services, 461-8th Ave., New York, NY, 10001, website address: (www.covenanthouseny.org).
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