King, Richard

Written by David Green.

Richard King, 46, of West Unity, Ohio, died July 22, 2011, at home.

He was born April 24, 1965, in Hudson, Mich., the son of Robert and Emma (Deck) King. On Aug. 23, 1989, in West Unity, he married Emmalee Price and she survives.

Richard lived in West Unity for the past 11 years. He was employed at ConAgra in Archbold, Ohio, as an area leader. Richard was a member of the Lenawee Bowling Association and celebrated a 300 game at Mor-N-C Lanes in 1996. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan and an avid Michigan fan.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by two daughters, Hollie (and Travis Rath) King of Kunkle, Ohio, and Heather King, at home; his mother, Emma Hill of Prattville, Mich.; his father, Robert (and Sally) King of Waldron, Mich.; grandmother, Dorolynn King of Pittsford, Mich.; two sisters, Tammy Madu of Osseo, Mich., and Norean (and Richard) Barnett of Prattville; and four brothers, Jimmy Deck of Prattville, Robert (and Patricia) King, Jr., of Hudson, Jesse King of Prattville, and Rusty (and Sasha) King of Waldron.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, Mich., with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association.

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