Robert King

Robert “Bob” M. King, 80, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., died Jan. 28, 2008, after a long illness.

He was born April 19, 1927, in Morenci, Mich., the son of Murvin and Beth King.

Bob graduated from Morenci High School in 1945 and served in the Navy during the last few months of World War II. He returned to Morenci to marry his high school sweetheart, Christine, and work in the trucking industry. He moved his family to Riverside, Calif., in 1956, where he worked in manufacturing before beginning a long career in real estate. Bob owned William Austin & Co. Realty in Riverside, served as president of the Riverside Board of Realtors and was an officer for the California Board of Realtors.

In 1989, Bob and Chris moved to Arroyo Grande where Bob began to indulge his lifelong love of trucking. He owned several restored and semi-restored semi trucks from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He shared and displayed his collection of trucking signs and memorabilia with others by serving as host for an antique truck display and gathering each year at his home on the Mesa.

Bob served in officer positions, including president, of the National American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) for many years. He helped found several ATHS chapters in California and promoted the organization nationwide.

Bob and Chris traveled across the country in motor homes for more than 40 years, visiting friends and relatives.

Besides his wife of 61 years, Bob is survived by three daughters, Pamela (and Thomas) Burke of Rocklin, Calif., Janet (and Hal) Lockett of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Janice (and Jack) Bernstrom of Boise, Idaho; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ivan King of Las Cruces of New Mexico; a sister, Jean Dilworth of Clayton, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Hugh King.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion.