George Willard King (1939 - 2018)

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The Springs Funeral Services
3115 East Platte Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO

May 30, 1939 September 26, 2018
George Willard King, lovingly cradled in the hands of his Savior, entered eternal rest in the early morning of September 26, 2018, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
His commitment and love for Christ was unmistakable and marked by his well-worn Bible. His comforting smile and blue eyes remain etched in our memory as he continues to watch us from Heaven. His loving demeanor will forever be cherished by not only his family but also his countless friends and church family.
He was born on May 30, 1939 to Jeard and Ruth E. (Stadden) King in Tulare, California. Growing up he treasured participating in 4H, learning and working farm agriculture and driving his '55 Chevy. A high school highlight was playing his trombone in Washington D.C. for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Inauguration.
While studying agriculture and music at Pasadena College he met the love of his life, LeAvice Ann (Taylor) King. Married for over fifty-six years, his commitment to his family was evident as he cherished every moment teaching us how to ride bikes, play softball and fish. Yearly family trips to Disneyland have provided memories of the happiest moments on earth together. Yosemite camping trips, hiking Bryce Canyon at the age of 60, going to Rockies games, Rockies spring training and playing on six softball teams in his 60's revealed his forevermore young-hearted spirit.
While God and his family were of highest priority, his passion for music and pianos remains apparent as the owner of King's Piano for fifty-five years and tuning over 51,000 pianos. His devotion to "Helping People" whether it was through his business, smile, words or calmness has left us all with an unparalleled legacy.
George is preceded in death by his wife, LeAvice Ann (Taylor) King; and his parents. He is survived by his son, Greg (Cyndi) King; his daughter, Dr. Tami (Wayne) King-Latka; four grandchildren, Lindsey (Boris) Loncaric, Jordan King, Kasey Wachtendorf, and Shelby (Michael) Hoover; and one great-grandchild, Beckett Loncaric. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Maude Jennings of Tulare, California.
We will miss our "Greatest Father in the World, Gramps, Hero and Friend," we again know Heaven has "Another Extraordinary Angel" watching over us. As we continue here on Earth, the time will be short compared to eternity. We gain peace in knowing his strength is forever restored.
Please join us in celebrating his life as we honor and pay tribute to George King.
Memorial Service, 3:00PM, Thursday, October 11, 2018, First Church of the Nazarene, 4120 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in George's name to The Piano Technicians Guild or Brookdale Hospice.
We love you, miss you and hold you and mom, now eternally together, our heroes and biggest fans forever.
Your Loving Family

Published in The Gazette on Oct. 7, 2018
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