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Michael E. King
  • St. Mary Catholic Church
    6 West 6th Street
    Sterling, IL 61081
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“Mike and I attended Rockhurst University for four years and drove back and forth from Sterling and Davenport, Iowa. We had some great times,...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: John Lepetit - Greeley, CO

“This is Peggy Kiefer Paynter and just aware of this in notice from Newman. So sorry to hear about this. I'm just great full to Mike for his...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Peggy Paynter - Peoria, AZ

“Cheri, Erin & Ashley, We want to send our love and prayers to you, and let you know we are thinking of you all. We would've loved to make it to the...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Scott and Kristin Roe - Leander, TX

“Our Sympathy & Prayers go out to your Family. ”
4 of 27 | Posted by: Rick, Chris & Noah Rucker - IL

“Our deepest sympathy to Mike's family, will sure miss hearing his jokes at breakfast. May he rest in peace.... ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Al & Diane Rude - Sterling, IL

“Our warm sympathies go to Cheri and to Mike's family, we hope all the good memories will soften your grief during this difficult time. Bobbie and I...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Denny and Bobbie Long - Brentwood, TN

“Cheri, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your great loss. Thinking of you. ”
7 of 27 | Posted by: Jackie & Von Blackburn - IL

“I was saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He was a great man and a great boss. One of my favorites! He touched my life and I will never forget him!...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Becky Wilkinson - Rock Falls, IL

“Cheri & family: so saddened to hear about Mike's passing. We will say prayers for comfort for you and your family. We are thinking of you at this...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Jean and Rick Walrath - Mesa, AZ

“I will always remember Mike as a friend and boss that always had time to listen and was always there if I needed someone to talk to- we had many...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Norma Lauts - Sterling, IL

“Many condolences to all of you, I always enjoyed any time spent in conversation with Mike. He was a great friend to my folks and will be missed! ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: Aubrey Boonstra - Berwyn, IL

“Our parents thought a lot of Mike. My dad really enjoyed working with him at the National and both having been in Air Force added a great common...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: William Newll Family - Sterling, IL

“A Great Man that will be missed by all. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Ryan Roe - Grapevine, TX - Family

“I was fortunate to serve as an instructor pilot with Mike in the AWACS aircraft, stationed at Tinker AFB, OK. He was a boss, a mentor, a friend and...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Ronald E. Nelson - Tualatin, OR

“What a GREAT guy!!!!!! Miss that smile and laugh!! You will be missed by many. ”
15 of 27 | Posted by: Tom and Renee Davis - IL - Friend

“To Mike's Family, I am so sorry for you loss. I went to Rockhurst College with Mike. I consider him to be a good friend. We had great times at...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Terry Thompson - Kansas City, MO

“Great Guy & Friend ! Wonderful Memories ! May He Rest in Peace! ”
17 of 27 | Posted by: Thomas Meyer - Chippewa Falls, WI

“Many fond memories of Mike. We both shared a misguided love of motorcycles and fast cars. And we remember the day Karen surfed down your foyer wall....Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: David Johnston - Spring Lake,, MI

“Cheri- I am so sorry to hear about Mike. You and your family are in my thoughts. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl Taube - St Anne, IL

“Michael was a superb AF leader, a friend and many times a co-conspiritor! Such wonderful memories of our time working together in AWACS and the ALC....Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: Wayne Bechler - Edmond, OK

“I am humbled and proud to have flown, served, laughed and played with a much better man. He stood up for his country and when he did, others wanted...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Tom O'Neill - Edmond, OK - Friend

“So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Memories of happy times will bring some smiles to help through this very difficult time...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Pat Keigley Hyde - Roscoe,, IL

“Mike was one of eight pilots assigned to bring the AF's AWACS aircraft on line in 1976 at Tinker AFB, OK. I was one of the 8 and was fortunate to be...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: John Tagnes, Colonel , USAF,Ret. - VA

“A true friend. He will be missed. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ed Martinez - Carlsbad, CA

“Mike lived just a block away from me during our high school years. Our class mates would tease Mike and myself because we blushed so easily. I...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Sandy Buchmeier Cook - Chandler, MI

26 of 27 | Posted by: CAROL ROCK - Dixon, IL

“So sorry to hear about Mike. I have many memories of our time together in the in the high school days. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Tom Finnegan - Friend

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Colonel Michael Edward King (Ret), 71 of Sterling, IL peacefully passed away in Iowa City at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on February 27, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Michael was born on October 16, 1944 in Sterling, IL the son of Edward R. and Velma C. (Jones) King. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1962. He attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City graduating in 1966 with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He received a MBA from Oklahoma City University in 1977.

Michael married Cheri Shumaker of Sterling on June 8, 1968.

Michael served his country proudly as a pilot in the United States Air Force, obtaining the rank of Colonel. He was commissioned May of 1968 and retired after 26 ½ years of services in July 1994. Michael then returned to his home town of Sterling, IL where he worked at National Manufacturing Company for 11 years.
Michael was a loving husband and supportive father. He had a passion for cars, loved to cook a good meal and the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, IL. He was a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Sterling and a member of the Sterling American Legion.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law, Clarence Shumaker, and 1 niece, Erica Lee Taylor.

He is honored and remembered by his wife Cheri of 47 years; his daughters Erin (Michael) Bickle of Edmond, OK and Ashley (Ryan) Roe of Grapevine, TX; grandchildren: Cooper and Parker Roe, Bennett, Bodie, Mackie and Blaise Bickle; his siblings: Sandra (Terry) Taylor of Renton, WA, Steven (Barbara) King of Sterling, IL, Mary (Roger) Martin of Geneseo, IL; his mother-in-law Betty Shumaker of Sterling, IL; brother-in-law Steven (Karen) Shumaker of Suffield, CT; many nieces, nephews and his sweet dog Reba.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Sunday March 13, 2016 from 1-3 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday at 10:30 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling, with the Reverend James Keenan, Celebrant officiating. Military rites will conclude the services outside of the church.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Michael will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Memorials can be made to St Mary Catholic Church and Catholic Schools in Sterling.

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