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Obituary: Gerald H. King

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Gerald H. King, 86 of Ruffsdale (Reagantown) passed away at 9:16 AM Friday, August 28, 2020 in Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Gerald H. King
(10/27/1933 – 08/28/2020)

Gerald was born October 27, 1933 in Normalville, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Mildred Irene (Nicholson) King. He married Donna Eileen (Gath) King on November 23, 1956.

Gerald was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was the owner and proprietor of Gerald King & Sons Lumber Company in RuffsDale for 62 years and an active, faithful, and longtime member of Grandview Church of God. Gerald was a dedicated member of the Marion Masonic Lodge #562, the Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, the Scottish Rite, Shriners, and Hillbillies. A veteran of the US Army, he served his country during peacetime. He was an avid hunter, dearly loved animals, and held membership with the NRA, Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation, and the East Huntingdon Sportsman’s Association. Gerald enjoyed farming, collecting Ford 8N tractors, and was a season ticket holder for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gerald will be sadly missed by his loving family; his wife of 63 years, Donna Eileen (Gath) King; his three children, Douglas R. King and wife Lena of RuffsDale, Gregory W. “Shorty” King and wife Pamela of Smithton, and Debbie D. Comer and husband John “JC” of Smithton; his 12 grandchildren; his 19 great grandchildren; his brother, Howard King and wife Ethel of Normalville; his sister, Carol A. Basinger of Connellsville; his brother-in-law, Wilmer “Terry” Gath and wife Jeannie of RuffsDale; several nieces and nephews; and his special friend (whom Gerald considered as a son), John Joseph. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Ruby M. Brooks and Janet I. Hogan.

Personalized arrangements are under the professional supervision of the Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home, 105 Spring Street, Scottdale (724-887-5300/ Family and friends will be received from 2-8 PM Sunday and Monday in the funeral home chapel. Additional viewing will be held from 10-11 AM Tuesday at 10 Valley Farm, 183 Duck Pond Road, Connellsville, PA 15425 where funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday with Pastor Adam Huff officiating. Graveside committal service and interment will follow in Green Ridge Memorial Park, Bullskin Township with full military honors bestowed by the Scottdale-Everson Honor Guard. The Marion Masonic Lodge #562 will hold memorial services on Monday at 7:30 PM in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Humane Society @ 724-837-3779 or the American Heart Association @ 412-208-3550. Love Lasts Forever!

Source: Robert B. Ferguson Funeral Home