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David King

Tuesday, May 24, 2005
2:00 PM
Alva Municipal Cemetery
Alva, OK 73717

David C. King, son of the late Walter S. And Flora Elizabeth Tucker King, was born October 16, 1907, in Texas County, Oklahoma, and passed away May 20, 2005, at Alva, Oklahoma, at the age of 97 years, 7 months, and 4 days.

Upon the death of Walter's father in the fall of 1909, Walter traveled to Woods County to plant the fall crops on his father's land. The following year, Flora and her young son traveled by train to Alva, Oklahoma, to join Walter, making their home six miles west and two miles south of Alva.

David attended grade school at McKeever School and high school at the old Alva High School where he played football.

On February 29, 1928, he married Mary Lenora Wilton, daughter of Bertha and Harry Wilton, at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. David and Lenora had three daughters, Betty Jean, Margaret Ann, and Dorothy Lee.

David was a wheat farmer nearly all of his life. This was what he knew, loved and understood. David, Lenora and family lived and farmed land nine miles west and six miles north of Alva for many years. Later, David and his father expanded their farming to include several sections of land at Cheyenne, Colorado.

In 1946, David and Lenora purchased a home at 730 Locust in Alva to enable the girls to have a full year school to attend, since the country grade school the girls were attending Richview would not have a full nine month school year in the coming term.

David was "one of a kind." He was a very unique person who had survived the "Great Depression", "the Dust Bowl Days" and the many trials of living by farming in the only way he knew, fighting back. He was a crusty, cantankerous Dutch Man whose vocabulary would wilt the leaves on the trees. He instilled in his grandsons that "A man is only as good as his word" while showing them how to "Drink beer like a man" from the time they were five or six years old.

When he was 91 years old, he broke his hip and had hip replacement surgery. This was probably the second time in his life to be in a hospital and this time it was for 62 days. The hospital and staff survived this ordeal, but not without paying a price. He was so frightened that he would have to go to a nursing home and give up his independence that he made some structural changes to his house, purchased a cart for walking handicapped people and made some changes in his life to ensure his continued independence and mobility. However, his vocabulary did not change nor did his fighting attitude.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lenora; sisters and brothers-in-law, Hazel and Paul Surface, Lela and John O'Neil, two brothers-in-law and their wives, Orville and Helen Wilton, Don and Maryellen Wilton, and one sister-in-law, Margie Wilton; one brother and his wife, Jack and Jean King; two sons-in-law Clyde Ashpaugh, and Clarence Ward; one grandson, Terry Ashpaugh and one granddaughter, Susan Barnum.

David is survived by his daughters, Betty Barnum and her husband, Marvin, of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Margaret Ashpaugh of Dumas, Texas, and Dorothy Ward of Moore, Oklahoma; one brother-in-law, Clifford Wilton; six grandchildren, Michael, Douglas, Cheryl, Kathy, Mark, David; three step grandchildren, Michele, Paul, Lakeitha; nine great grandchildren, Brienne, Brady, Andrew, Nathan, Stephen, Christina, Jody, Stacy, and Christy; four great great grandchildren, Jared, Tate, Tyler and Lucy; his special friends, Owen and Veta Davison and Bill and Sharon Faucett; other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made through the funeral home to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Leukemia research or Cancer research.

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