Richard Craig King was born in Port Huron, Michigan on November 20th, 1946. At the age of 74 he was called home by the Lord on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Littleton Adventist Hospital after valiantly battling ANCA Vasculitis and Interstitial Lung Disease. Rick is survived by his wife, Charis King; 4 children Stephen (Tracey) King, Cody (Ande) King, Emma King, Heather King; 2 sisters Pamela (George) Small, Terry (Kenneth) Edwards; 1 brother Chris (Sandy) King; a stepmother Margaret King; a stepfather Ray Brown; 4 grandchildren Jordyn, Ryland, Ethan, Jaynie; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Harold "Bud" King and his mother Louise Brown.
Rick enlisted in the US Army in October 1966 during the Vietnam War. After Basic Combat Training, he completed eight-weeks Advanced Individual Training as a Military Policeman (MP) at Ft Gordon, Georgia. He was then assigned to the 536th MP Company in Germany, where he served as a liaison with the German police for two years and two months. He was honorably discharged from Active Duty as a Sergeant (E5) at Ft Dix, NJ, after three years of active duty. He qualified with the 45-cal pistol and was a Sharpshooter with the M-14 rifle and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal for military service during a time of war.
Rick accepted Jesus as his Savior as a teenager and a verse he tried to follow for the rest of his life was "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" (Col 3:23). This showed in his love to his family, loyalty to his country, 32 dedicated years working at APL in sales and management, as well as his faithful service after retirement at Fellowship Community Church volunteering with Carpenter's Hands, coordinating Financial Peace University, and as a part of the security team.
While fishing, camping and golfing were favorite pastimes for Rick, his favorite moments were around his family and church friends. He will best be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, smile, twinkle in his eye, servant's heart and unceasing love.