Jay Albert King was born on April 11, 1955, in Chariton. He was the son of Elwood Keith and Lucinda A. (James) King. Jay graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from Knoxville High School in Knoxville, with the Class of 1973. He then began his working career at 3M in Knoxville in the tape packing department in 1976. On June 17, 1977, he and Susan Luann Harvey were united in marriage at Oskaloosa. To this union, two children were born: John and Elaina. Jay continued his employment at 3M for 40 years and advanced through the levels retiring as a production control analyst on March 31, 2016. His early retirement was primarily due to his health conditions/issues. Jay was a man of great faith and lived his faith openly. He cherished his family as well as his church family, and served the church, Living Word Fellowship, willingly and faithfully as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was gifted artistically illustrating many things with his paintings and his poetry. He enjoyed wood working and a wide variety of creative endeavors. On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, his family relinquished him to his Savior and Lord, while under medical care at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan King of Knoxville; their two children and their families: John and Jessica King and their son, Sawyer, and their son, Finn, yet to be born in Oklahoma; Elaina and Jacob Vos and their daughter, Sophia, of New Sharon; his siblings: Kenneth King of St. Paul, Minn., Wayne King of Hurst, Texas, Kay King of Springfield, Mo., Rex King of Aurora, Ill., Linda (King) Whitt of Springfield, Mo., Michael King of New Ulm, Minn., and Pat (David) King of Long Lake, Minn.; his parents-in-law, Ted and Phyllis (Crabb) Harvey and their children. Jay was preceded in death by his parents, E. Keith and Lucinda King; his brother, David King, a sister-in-law, Suzanne (Wayne) King, niece, Natalie Whitt, and niece, Helen King. Jay went to Heaven one day following his 61st birthday and truly LOVED the LORD. Memorial services were held on April 18 at Living Word Fellowship Church at Knoxville. Services provided by Williams Funeral Home of Knoxville.
Published on  April 22, 2016