Robert William King

Born: Sun., Mar. 17, 1935
Died: Tue., May 1, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 03, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., May 04, 2018
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., May 04, 2018
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

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Robert William King - husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son – joined his heavenly father on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. He was 83. The descendent of early Warren County “Putnamville” settlers Lorenzo and Alicia Bly King, Bob was born in Russell, PA on St. Patrick’s Day 1935, the third of four children born to Harry Millard and Minnie Atkins King. Bob went to the old Russell and East Street Schools as a youngster enjoying many summers on Cider Mill Hill and 6th Street with cousins, friends and family. He loved hiking and camping with his Russell Boy Scout troop led by “Wig” Weatherbee and after his family moved to Warren hanging out at “Slip” King’s Warren Airport, catching rides and “taking the stick” whenever he had the chance. Graduating from Warren High School in 1957, Bob followed his brothers Harry Jr (Junie), 81st Engineers, Nuremburg Germany, and Ed, 101 Tank, Germany, enlisting in the Army serving with the 1st Cavalry in Korea before they traded in their horse for helicopters. Fortunately for Bob the Army liked to hike just as much as he did. In 1958, home on leave from Korea, Bob proposed to his love DeAnn Carol Swanson, the daughter of Reuben “Rabbit” and Katherine Garnet Fulton Swanson…all indications are that DeAnn said yes. Bob and DeAnn were married the following May at the old First EUB Methodist church in Warren which stood where the fire station now stands. After the Army, Bob attended Jamestown Business School and Otterbien College going to work in actuarial accounting before he and his young bride moved back to Warren to start a family. Bob took a position at Struthers & Wells for a period before being hired at the Warren Post office. Bob worked at the Warren, Buffalo and Jamestown offices over the years. During the 70’s Bob was the President of Warren Clerks union. While working in the Jamestown and Buffalo offices, Bob selflessly made the daily drive so as not to uproot his wife and children from their life and family in Warren. . His family learned much about the “Sanctity of the mail” over those years. All his life Bob had a great love of animals, from his childhood pet billy goat, “Billy”, to the shepherds and other big dogs he had over the years, Smokey, Prince, Duke, Bolliver, and Pepsi (he let the kids pick that name), and his Jack Russell, Whitey. Bob also enjoyed watching birds, and the squirrels and chipmunks who would come and steal the bird food he would put out. Bob enjoyed camping with his family, hiking, fishing and fly tying (a red coachman was his favorite). Bob was a student of religion, history, aviation, and genealogy. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother Junie and his wives Yative Birtch King and Gayle Ladner King, brother Ed and his wife Victoria LaTrent King, brother-in-laws Gail Swanson and Jim Palumbo, nephews Craig, and Conrad King and niece Tina Leckfor King. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, DeAnn, and their children, Mark and wife Christine (Jeziorski), Gail and wife Paula (Beardsley), Holly and husband Bob Domville, and Michelle and husband Mark Bupp, as well as their 13 grandchildren which he loved very much and was so proud of because of the kind and caring people they all are; Andrew King, Dr Hannah King, Emma King, Grace King, Garret King, Kate Domville, Sydney Domville, Lila Domville, Sean Domville, Heather Bupp Ciancosi, Cody Bupp, Alexa Bupp, and Jared Bupp. Bob is also survived by his sister Barb King Palumbo, and many nieces and nephews who he loved very much. Bob passed on a strong work ethic to his children, the importance of being kind and considerate, to be polite and respectful to all, and ironically the phrase, “do as I say, not as I do”. Bob will be fondly remembered for his wry wit and his quiet, kind and generous soul. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home Inc., 1003 Penna. Ave. East, with visiting hours on Thursday, May 3 from 6-8 pm, and on Friday, May 4, for one hour prior to the Funeral Service to be held there at 11 am, with Deacon Joe Lucia, officiating. Bob never wanted anyone to be hungry. Consider making a donation to the KIN Fund (Kids In Need) through the Community Foundation of Warren County, or any area food pantry. 

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Kevin & Pam Martin
   Posted Thu May 03, 2018
To the entire King family,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


The Martins

Jim Swanson
   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
My deepens sympathy to all of you. He will be fondly remembered from the “good old days on Alson Street”! God bless! Jim

   Posted Fri May 04, 2018
Mark, Chris, Andy, Hannah and Emma

We are so sorry for your loss. You and Bob's entire family are in our prayers. Blessings during this difficult time.

Love, John, Sherri, Logan, Mer and Fafe

Harold Wilkins
   Posted Sun May 06, 2018
To all of Bob's family please accept our condolences. Worked with Bob at Post office. He was a very kind and caring gentleman and will surely be missed. Harold and Carole Wilkins

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