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Memorial for William Robert "Bill" King

Born in Mason City, Iowa on Jun. 22, 1930
Departed on Mar. 15, 2017 and resided in Oak Ridge, TN.
Receiving of Friends: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
12 pm - 2:00 pm
Celebration of Life: Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017
2:00 pm
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William Robert "Bill" King
Public Servant

William Robert "Bill" King of Oak Ridge, passed on March 15, 2017, surrounded by his extended family. A life-long servant leader, his career included military (Navy) and public service at the federal government level. He was a dedicated family man and was the "North Star" for so many of his children and grandchildren's perceptions, values, competencies, interests, vocations and relationships as well as other key components of their respective lives. His life impact was powerful and he clearly made an impression on all of humanity with whom he came into contact via his actions, words, music ministry and deeds.

Born in Mason City, Iowa on June 22, 1930, King attended East High School in Des Moines, Iowa where he graduated in 1948. He attended the University of Iowa where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1956 and a Master's degree in Political Science in 1957. King served his country faithfully and honorably in the Navy medical corps from 1948 – 1952 including service overseas as well as at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

King began his professional career in public service in 1957 as a Training Assistant at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Illinois. He was transferred to the St. Louis Region of the U.S. Civil Service Commission in 1961 as a Personnel Management Specialist. His career advancement with the Civil Service Commission continued in 1963 where he was appointed as an Assistant Executive Director of the Executive Seminar Center located on the campus of the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. He moved his family from the Midwest to Glen Cove, New York where they resided until 1971. During his career in New York, King was again promoted and served as the Executive Director of the Executive Seminar Center. In 1969, King was given the responsibility of establishing a new Executive Seminar Center in the Southeastern U.S. Influential members of Congress, who had oversight on the Civil Service Commission, chose Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the facility location and King began the process of site selection. He worked with both elected officials and key citizens in selecting the site at the corner of Broadway Ave and Kentucky Ave in Oak Ridge where the city library was once located. He served as a liaison between the City of Oak Ridge, who owned the new facility, and the Federal Government and guided the planning, construction and all facility pre-planning for the Executive Seminar Center. The facility opened in July, 1971 and provided exemplary upper level management training to a wide spectrum of federal employee's representing the majority of federal agencies. The training programs typically comprised either two or three week seminar classes for up to ninety federal employees per program. When King retired from Federal service in 1986 over 13, 000 federal employees had received training at the Oak Ridge facility under the direction of King and using his words "a brilliant and able" dedicated staff. This experience provided a high level of exposure to the Oak Ridge community for federal officials from throughout the Southeastern U.S. as well as numerous high ranking visiting instructors from throughout the country and officials from Washington, D.C. When King retired in 1986 he was interviewed by the Oak Ridger and the lengthy article began as follows: "If all the world's a stage, then Bill King is one of its very best actors …. He is an actor. And, a charmer. He has charisma."

King and his wife Helen Joanne King of sixty-three years, conducted a heartfelt music ministry for several decades in the Oak Ridge area. They met in high school in 1947 and started going together. "She was the pianist for the high school chorus" he noted, "and she's been my accompanist ever since". He was blessed with a deep and impactful voice while Joanne continued to share her wonderful piano talents. They presented music programs at hundreds of weddings, funerals, special events, churches, assisted living centers and nursing homes as they blessed many individuals with their musical talents. They were members of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church from 1971 until the present time and were very active in the church choir until King's health began to decline a couple of years ago.

King was predeceased by his Father Orval J. King and Mother Carol King (Oak Ridge resident), a sister Elizabeth Jane Sperry, a brother Orval J. King, Jr. and Granddaughter Jacqualyn S. King (https://curemelanoma.thankyou4caring.org/jackie). He is survived by his wife Helen Joanne King, son Ross King (wife Terry), daughters Ginger Cruze (husband Randy), Joyce Moore and Pam Terry, granddaughters Cailin Cruze and Skylar Terry and grandsons Jordan Cruze (wife Annie), Alex King, Blake Moore, Chase Terry and Nick White (wife Callie).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike – 865-483-4357. The family will receive friends in the Parlor of the Church from noon until 2:00 p.m. on April 8th and the Celebration of Life will take place in the Church Sanctuary at 2:00 p.m. The family requests that Memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge or to a charity of their choice in his name. An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.


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