Leo "John" King

A Mass of resurrection and celebration of life is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Gall Catholic Church in Gardnerville for 35-year resident Leo "John" King, 89, who died Nov. 9, 2010, at his home. A reception will follow the service.

Born May 12, 1921, in Mitchell, S.D., to L.P. and Mae King, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and participated in five invasions. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Mr. King was a 35-year member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 and a member of the Millwright's Union for 10 years.

He moved to Nevada in 1975 and married Arlette King in Minden on July 23, 1981.

He served as a Gardnerville Ranchos volunteer firefighter for about 10 years during the 1980s

Mr. King enjoyed classical music, opera, and Western novels. He loved to tinker.

He was a parishioner at St. Gall Catholic Church, was Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Floyd, Pat, Jim, Cecil and Tim.

He is survived by wife Arlette King; stepchildren Jim (Leila) Wagener of San Jose, Calif., Phil Wagener of Phoenix, and Julie Ola of Gardnerville; and adopted daughter Chris Hoffrogge of Washington; and sister-in-law Elsie King of Turlock, Calif., five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and great nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are in the care of FitzHenry's of Carson Valley.


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