Dean King

Dean King

Dean King of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011 at his home. Mr. King was born April 24, 1936 in Eaton County to Floyd and Ruth (Thomas) King. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his time in the service Dean worked for Menasha Corp for 27 years, retiring in 2000. He was an active member of many organizations including: the Whittington Center Gun Club, Fennville Rod & Gun Club, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association, Manistee Clan Muzzle Loading Club, the Gun River Conservation Club, the NRA, the Eagles, the Elks Lodge #1711, the Otsego Moose and the American Legion. In his leisure time he enjoyed hunting, muzzle loading, working on guns and anything out-of-doors.

On August 31, 1973 in Otsego he married Patricia VanDerhoff who survives. Also surviving are his children, Brian (Terri) King, of Allegan, Bryon (Kandy) Campbell, of Otsego, Deborah Smalla of Kalamazoo and Dianna Wilson of Otsego; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and a brother, Neal King of FL. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may meet the family from 2 to 4 P.M. and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday with Ken Terry Jr. officiating. According to his wishes cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice.

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  1. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Dear Pat and Family,
    We will miss seeing Dean at the Elks. He always had a smile for us; I especially will miss him teasing me about not putting a time card for him at my work! He would come down to MillAssist and sit in the office and talk to me, mostly about the Elks.
    Dean was a special guy and I hope all of you know that he is now your Angel in Heaven watching over you!
    Tim and Marcia Quigley

  2. Andy Lang says:

    Pat & Family

    All of us at On Target Gun Shop are saddened by the loss of Dean. I’ve personally known him for over thirty years and will certainly miss his wit & wisdom as everybody knew when Dean was in the house. He had a great sense of humor that allowed a brisk dialog whenever we were at the shop, at the range, or around the campfire. I’ll always remember him as the character that called so many of us, “Ol’ rattlesnake bait”…a term of endearment that he coined and is still repeated often. I will be praying for the King family as you work through your loss. We will always remember Dean as we miss him already.

    Andy Lang

  3. James Kirkland says:

    To Patricia and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are for you at this time. The kindness that you and Dean showed to me during my visits to Friendship are always held deep in my heart. Thank you for that.

    James Kirkland

  4. Cindy Yonkers - Fennville Rod & Gun Club says:

    Dean was very instrumental in the upgrades to our Rifle Range this past year. He will be truly missed by his fellow rifle range shooters.

    Our prayers are with Pat and the family during this tough time.

  5. Joyce Vogel says:

    Pat and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come. I have a lot of good memories working with Dean and you as the NMLRA National Field Rep Coordinators. I know that the NMLRA has lost a special member.

  6. Pastor Don Ray says:

    Bryon: I was most sorry to here of your Dad’s passing. I saw the name in the obits but did not connect it with you until this morning at 11am. when Linda informed me. Please accept my most sincere expression of sympathy and prayers for your Father in Heaven to comfort and strengthen you during this time of grieving and sense of loss. May God bless you and keep you.
    Pastor Don

  7. Deborah Smalla says:

    until we meet again, no more suffering will be, i know that is an angel watching over me, that will help guide me though, as i look to heaven I know that you are there, may you rest till we meet again,love you dad.:)

  8. Brenda Minor says:

    Pat and Deb.
    So sorry to hear about Dean’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Stay strong… our guys are now all in a better place. I know Irv was there to greet him and welcome him home.

  9. Chuck and Carol Mattheeussen says:

    Dear Pat and Bryon:
    We were so saddened to hear to Dean’s passing. He was a fine man, and we enjoyed listening to his stories. My Aunt Helen was also enthralled with him; remember she gave him a linen handkerchief to start his fires! Do take care of yourselves now and know that he is in a better place and not suffering.

  10. Larry and Jeanie Trantham says:

    Pat and Family,
    We just heard about Dean, We are so sorry. He was one of a kind. I enjoyed shooting and camping and just visting with Dean for so many years. He was truely a muzzleloader through and through. He would never hestitate to help me on or off the range. I will truely miss him and keep him in our prayers. If there is anything we can do please call on us for anything.
    Larry and Jeanie Trantham

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