Elmer E. King (84) of Dundas

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Published on October 21 2013 2:52 pm

Elmer Earnest King, 84 of rural Dundas, passed away at 4:00 PM – Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Newton Rest Haven in Newton, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois with Mark Wilkinson officiating.  Burial will be in the Honey Cemetery in Bogota, IL with full military rites by the Jasper Post #20 American Legion.  Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 PM – Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Newton Football Program.

Elmer was born July 18, 1929 in Beadle County, South Dakota to Delmer and Nola (Worthey) King.  Elmer was an Army veteran.  He and a group of guys started a stock car track in the 1950’s now known as the Charleston Motor Speedway.  He operated the Phillips 66 service station in Mattoon for several years.  After moving to Newton in 1971 he operated the Southend Shell station for several years.  He then drove a school bus until his retirement in 1991.  Elmer married Phyllis Shamhart February 28, 1949.  He then married Martha Joanne (Susie) Tomlin on June 9, 1957. 

He was father to Cheryl Mix of Effingham, Betsy (Ken Maglone) Miller of Oblong, Marilyn (Homer Newkirk) Hoke of Hutsonville, John (Becky) King of Newton, Mike (Brenda) King of Martinsville, and Matt (Sheila) King of Greenup.  Elmer is survived by sisters; Eva(Bill) Kirk of Republic, MO., Lillie(Cecil) West of Yale, brothers; Dale(Carla) King of Arcola, and Wayne King of Gays.  He was a loving grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Delmer and Nola King, brothers; Delbert, Jesse, Jack, and Jim, one infant sister, one granddaughter Crystal Mix, and two son-in-laws Bob Mix and Emery Hoke.

Elmer enjoyed hunting, fishing, Newton Eagle football and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a devoted Indianapolis Colts fan.