Jack Harold King, 85, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, formerly of Harrisonville, was born, July 30, 1935, at his home in Pemiscot County, Missouri, the son of Milton M. and Vernada M. (Moore) King. He departed this life, Sunday, January 3, 2020, at his home.
Jack attended Hunter Country School and graduated from Caruthersville High School in 1953.
In 1957 Jack was united in marriage to Dorothy Elizabeth Kyler of Beaver Falls, Pennslvania, and to this union three sons were born.
After graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for 21 years retiring as a Major in 1974. He served both Korea and Vietnam.
Following retirement from the Air Force Jack, graduated from the Calvary Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri, and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduation he worked as a Christian school teacher, and as an interim pastor in several area schools and churches, as well as administrative positions at Calvary Bible College and Word of Life Camp in Florida. He often remarked that teaching and preaching God’s word was the most fulfilling duty he had ever experienced. Jack was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Drexel, Missouri, and most recently attended the Big Creek Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. Jack also served as a Reserved Deputy for the Cass County Sheriff’s Department and was the first Commander of the Sheriff’s Posse.
Jack enjoyed training and riding Arabian Horses and was rarely seen in anything other than cowboy boots. He also loved drinking coffee and telling stories. He never tired of family gatherings and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by three sons, Chuck (and Renee) King of Pleasant Hill, Randy King of St. Charles, and Jack King of Independence; four grandsons, Cliff (and Jessica) King, Benjamin (and Stephanie) King, David (and Bre) King, all of Pleasant Hill, and Major Daniel (and Ashley) King currently residing in Hawaii; eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Charlene (and Cecil) Stricklin of Charleston, South Carolina, Judy (and Ed) Dupke of Sun City West, Arizona, and Darla (and Roy) Jones of Columbia, South Carolina; other relatives and friends.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Graveside military services and interment will be held in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Higginsville, will full honors by the United States Air Force Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Calvary University and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550