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John C. King, 85, of Goshen, died Friday, Nov. 24, at Greencroft Healthcare.
He was born Aug. 22, 1932, in West Liberty, Ohio, to Emmett D. and Kathryn (Plank) King.
On Aug. 15, 1952, he married Edith Birky in Fisher, Illinois. She died April 28, 2017.
Survivors include three daughters, Julie (Paul) Keim, Goshen, Emily (Adrian) Jantzi, Prescott Valley, Arizona, and Susan King, Ephrata, Pennsylvania; two sons, Arlan (Brenda) King, Sun City, Arizona, and John "Tony" (Marsha) King, Elkhart; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a brother, K. Eldon (Dorothy) King, Dalton, Ohio.
Along with his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Esther King.
A Mennonite pastor since 1955, John served in the following churches, Millersburg Mennonite, Millersburg, Ohio; Martin's Mennonite Church, Dalton, Ohio; First Mennonite Church, Fort Wayne; North Main Street Mennonite, Nappanee; Bethel Mennonite Church, Milford, Nebraska. He retired in 1998 and served as interim pastor at Pleasant Oaks Mennonite Church, Middlebury, and then as Senior Adult Pastor at Waterford Mennonite Church.
John enjoyed woodworking, and made many lovely pieces for family members and friends.
In retirement he and Edith opened up their home to many Goshen College foreign students.
Friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at Waterford Mennonite Church. Pastors Neil Amstutz and Velma Swartz will officiate.
Burial will follow in Violett Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to International Student Fund at Goshen College or Pastoral Ministries Program at Hesston College.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on November 25, 2017
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