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Willis King
Birth: Nov. 7, 1889
Van Wert County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 23, 1984
Rockford (Mercer County)
Mercer County
Ohio, USA


Reared on a farm, Willis had fond memories of traveling with his father on the threshing machine ring and cutting and shocking corn by hand. Willis was a farmer and carpenter all his life, but he was also a truck driver and joined the United American Mechanics Lodge and American Trucking Association. His original farm house in Liberty Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, burned down.

In 1909, his two-year-old brother Darrell and their dog fell into a large, steep-sided cistern on the farm. Fortunately, their mother was nearby, saw what happened and screamed for Willis who was working in the fields. He made it to the cistern in time and pulled his brother and the dog out, thus saving their lives.

Willis was active in community affairs. He was a charter member of Liberty Grange, Van Wert County, a member of the Ohio City Liberty Board of Education for twelve years, belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, and was a member of the Van Wert County Hospital Board. He was a Liberty Township trustee for ten years and was on the Republican Central Committee. He attended the Ohio City Church of God.

His hobbies included woodworking, reading and baseball. Willis credited his longevity to leading a clean life with no drinking or smoking, and passed away at the age of 94.

Willis married Verna Leona Clause and Ethel Mae Butler High. 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank King (1865 - 1951)
  Arminta Putman King (1866 - 1938)
 
 Spouse:
  Verna Leona Clause King (1892 - 1947)
 
 Children:
  William Franklin King (1913 - 1922)*
  Lois Marcile King Bonvillian (1925 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Leona King (1887 - 1889)*
  Willis King (1889 - 1984)
  Earl Leonard King (1894 - 1981)*
  Audria Olive King Creeden (1899 - 1989)*
  Darrell Charles King (1907 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Ohio City (Van Wert County)
Van Wert County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 29, 2006
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