Earl Robert King, 68, of Sandusky, passed away Monday afternoon, July 7, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Aug. 16, 1945, in Portland, Maine, to Ernest and Hilda (Bridges) King. He attended Platt High School in Meriden, Conn., and was employed as a Health and Safety Inspector for GM for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2006.
Earl was a member of Sandusky Church of God where he was a greeter, an usher, a council member, and an avid volunteer. He was a volunteer with Sandusky County Civil Defense, a firefighter and an EMT with Lakeside Volunteer Fire Dept., a First Aid and CPR instructor for the Red Cross, and was avid with Heartbeat of Sandusky, the Salvation Army, and food ministries. He was also a member of the Abishi Warriors, carrying his love of God and fellowship with him.
A man of integrity, and a true servant, Earl always put others before himself. His efforts touched many lives, and he will be truly missed. When asked how he was doing, Earl would always reply that he was, “Wonderfully blessed and highly favored.”
Earl is survived by his wife of 15 years, Janice King; children, Robert King, Robin (Kal) Kemp, Kimberly Schee, and Amanda Lynn; grandchildren, Brenda, Bradlee, Jeryn, Khilyn, Andrew, Brandyn, Brianna, and David; great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Elijah, Bradlee Jr., and Wyatt; sisters, Betty Ann (Ron) Regnier and Mary (Carl) Allen; and a host of other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Patricia King; sister, Kathleen Knight; and a brother in infancy.
Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, and 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Sandusky Church of God, 1018 W. Bogart Road, Sandusky. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., at the church. The Revs. Harvey and Samuel Studer will officiate. Entombment will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Memorial contributions may be made in Earl’s name to the church or to Heartbeat of Sandusky, 3423 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family by visiting toftfh.com. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, is handling arrangements.