Gary Joseph King
June 8, 1943 - November 11, 2018

 

           

Gary Joseph King died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at Halifax Health Hospice in Edgewater at the age of 75.  Gary is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Louise (Stockton); daughters, Sheri-Ann (Russell) Bates and Heidi (Stephen) Law; Indianapolis; six grandsons, Christopher Chesebro, Adam Chesebro, Benjamin Bates, Caleb Bates, Austin (Hannah) Law and Matthew Law; his sister, Lucille Simpson and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul M. and Leona (Golden) King and his brother, Paul S. King.  Gary was born on June 8, 1943 in Durand, WI to Paul and Leona King.  At the age of 9 months, his family moved to Danvers, MA where he graduated from high school and entered the U. S. Army in 1963.  While in the Army, he married the love of his life, Louise, on July 10, 1965.  After his enlistment ended in January 1966, he returned to MA and, following in his dad, uncle and brother-in-law’s footsteps, went to work for Pickering Oil Co for 13 years.  He had a strong dislike for cold weather and snow, so in 1980 he decided to move his family to Edgewater where he resided until his death.  He worked for Volusia County School Maintenance Dept. for 28 years before retiring in 2008 at the age of 65.  Gary and Louise welcomed two daughters into their home and Gary set about teaching them his love for God, family, travel, music, sports and his country.  Quite the athlete, his children, nieces and nephews remember him as the one who was always up for playing games in the back yard, playing basketball with his brother and nephews, and ping-pong with brother-in-law.  He excelled at racquetball and fast-pitch softball.  His grandchildren remember all the trips to Disney World, cruise vacations, and his love for the New England Patriots and his dedication to America!  Gary was the ultimate handyman.  His family always said that if he couldn’t fix it, it couldn’t be fixed.  He was an oil burner repairman by trade, but his talents were endless.  He loved music and in his younger days would play the piano while his dad played his fiddle and the family were blessed to be entertained with their music.  A visitation and funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Dudley Edgewater Chapel. Visitation begins at 10 AM with a funeral immediately following at 11 AM.  Interment service will be at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow at SEV YMCA, 148 W. Turgot, Edgewater.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gary’s life.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations are sent to Halifax Health Hospice, Fund Development, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange 32129 or online at halifaxhealth.org/donations.  The family would like to thank the staff at Halifax Hospice for the amazing care they provided to both Gary and the family during his illness.  They also thank all their friends and family who provided support and love during this journey.

          

 

 

 

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