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CHARLES A. "CHIZZY" KING, 86, died at 11:05 p.m. April 9, 2006, at his residence, following a long battle with cancer.

He was born March 1, 1920, in Wapakoneta to Harry and Julia Achbach King, who preceded him in death. His loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Margaret Kuhn King, preceded him in death.

Mr. King worked for Western & Southern Life Insurance Co., for 28 years, and had worked for several local retailers. He was a life member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1170, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 691, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445 and several other service organizations, all in Wapakoneta. He was a member of the Wapakoneta Senior Citizens and its Senior Swingers golf league. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving as a belly gunner in the European Theater, where he received several decorations. He loved his golf partners and his daily morning breakfast buddies at McDonald's.

After completing his education he entered the workforce where he discovered his passion for working with people. His love of people and his ability to understand and help them with their needs led to his career in the insurance business. His love of people continued through all his years, becoming a legacy in the community and surrounding area, which he called home his entire life. He was dedicated and passionate about everything he did. His wife and children always came first. He loved family activities, whether they were spontaneous trips to visit relatives, the many camping trips or just a cookout in the back yard.

Survivors include two sons, Denny (Judy) King of Charlottesville, Va., and Steven (Sharon) King of Vandalia; a daughter, Jane (James) Martz of Elida; a son-in-law, Richard Scheblo; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and counts friends.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine Anne King Scheblo; four brothers, Robert, Ange, Mel and Jack King; and a sister, LaVera Rhoades.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. The Rev. Henry Albietz will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, and following the burial at the K. of C. Hall, Wapakoneta.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tri-County Nurses and Hospice, Wapakoneta.

The family would like to thank Shelly, Dottie, Kimberly and Debbie at Tri-County Hospice for their compassionate and dedicated care, which will never be forgotten. To the many friends who frequently visited him, especially Ilene Gehrlich, his friend and companion, the countless lifelong friends who are too numerous to thank individually, your love and friendship will always be remembered and cherished. They would also like to express their deepest gratitude to the compassionate staff of nurses and aides at the Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home. May God bless you all.

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