Oliver C. King, 94, of Morton, passed away peacefully into his heavenly home with his family at his side on Wednesday (Dec. 27, 2017) at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, Peoria.
Oliver was born March 30, 1923, in Chenoa, the son of Joseph B. and Katie M. Roggy King. Oliver graduated from Toluca High School in 1941. He married Edith I. Roth King on Nov. 24, 1946, at Bethel Mennonite Church, rural Pekin. They were married 67 years until she preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 2013.
Surviving are two daughters, Lois King, Morton, and Mary Ellen (Darrell) Andris, Normal; two sons, David (Gladys) King and Daniel (Doris) King, both of Morton; eight grandchildren, Philip Andris, Waunakee, Wis.; Jason (Emily) Andris, Bloomington; Ryan (Amanda) Andris, Carlock; Matthew King, Urbana; Eric (Kristina) King, Morton; Darla (Randy) Aberle, Gibson City; Darcy (Billy) Bassett, Newnan, Ga.; and Diana (Curt) Vincent, Morton; and seven great-grandchildren, Jade, Rachel, Carrie, Landon, Leighton, Natalie, Brooklyn and twins on the way.
Oliver was preceded in death by seven brothers, Floyd, Alvin, Lloyd, Harold, Harley, Myrle and Joe, and two sisters, Blanche Stutzman and Elaine Schirer.
Oliver and Edith operated their family farm around the Morton area for many years, later expanding to Woodford and McLean counties. As a lifelong farmer, he was diligent in caring for and improving his farm ground and instilled the values of hard work to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Into his retirement, he continued to be involved in the family farm, last operating the combine when he was 85 years old. His life centered around his faith and family. He and Edith enjoyed many winters in Arizona, cherishing long lasting friendships that were established there.
He was a member of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau, First Mennonite Church of Morton, a former member of Bethel Mennonite Church of Pekin, and an Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale volunteer for many years.
Visitation will be 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday with a funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Mennonite Church, Morton. Pastor Aaron Yoder will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Mennonite Cemetery, rural Tremont.
Memorials may be made to Illinois Mennonite Historical and Genealogical Society, 675 Route 116, Metamora, IL 61548, or First Mennonite Church, 250 S. Baltimore Ave., Morton, IL 61550.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Morton, is handling arrangements.
To view Oliver’s video tribute or to leave a condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.