Howard King

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Howard C. King, 96, of Swansea, IL, born June 25, 1921, in Fall River, MA, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at his residence in Swansea, IL, with family by his side.

Mr. King worked in civil service at Scott Air Force Base in the transportation department. He was a member and a Deacon of First Baptist Church of Belleville for over 60 years. He was a member of the Belleville Senior Citizens, loved dancing, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Lyna Eva, nee Hawkins, King whom he married on April 28, 1946 and who died on August 21, 2009; a son, Clifford C. King who died on June 15, 1965; and his parents John King and Hazel Mildred, nee Turner, King.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra C. (Mark) Stein of Smithton, IL;
two sons, Howard T. King of Longmont, Colorado, and Rick (Suzie) King of Glen Carbon, IL;
six grandchildren, Tyler (Leia) Stein of Smithton, IL, Ericka Stein of O’Fallon, IL, Angela Stein of Belleville, IL, Nichole (Rylan) Mitchell of Los Angeles, CA,Ellie King of Longmont, Colorado, and Zachary King of Longmont, Colorado;
five great-grandchildren, Jackson Stein, Autumn and Sky Laghaifarimani, Davie Sutherland and Tyler Lanter.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Rick Koonce officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.



8 Comments on Howard King

Mary Blaies said : Guest Report Nov 02, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Please accept my sympathy. Mr. King spent many days at PSOP and St Clair County Office on Aging dances over the 7 years I have worked here. He was always a pleasure and one great dancer!!! Thank you for being so kind and fun to be around!! May you rest in peace. Sincerely, Mary Blaies

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Jerry & Jan said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 8:34 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Howard King. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Jan Metcalf

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Kathy W and Jill Z said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 6:36 PM

Howard and Lyna were wonderful neighbors for over 20 years. We enjoyed visiting and talking Cardinal Baseball. We always gave him a wink when he was dressed up and on his way dancing. Come winter we would see him at the mailbox and he'd wave and say "see you in the Spring!" When we moved in 2015, he was the hardest neighbor to say goodbye to. Our condolences to all of Howard's family and friends. Kathy Wilson and Jill Zang..."the girls next door".

  • Pana
  • IL
David and Rhonda Burrus said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 3:36 PM

I would like to offer you and your family my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of your Dad,Grandfather ,Great Grandfather and friend rest in peace as he now dances among the clouds of heaven.

  • Affton
  • Missouri
Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap 1019 said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Ben Brown at 618 624-8007. If unable to reach either one, you may call our alternate, Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Steve Hawkins said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Such fond memories always for Howard, including his dancing to The Jersey Bounce.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Joyce Russell said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 12:52 PM

Rick and family, Please accept my deepest sympathy. May God watch over all of you at this time of sorrow. Your dad can now go on to dance in heaven. God bless.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Chris Smith said : Guest Report Nov 01, 2017 at 3:13 AM

I loved his smile and joyful dancing. May God bless this family with peace and understanding.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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