James P. King, 84, of Tidioute and Warren, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 in Warren General Hospital.
He was born April 8, 1925 in Tidioute to the late George King and Grace McCloskey King. A 1943 graduate of Tidioute High School, he received a Bachelor of Naval Science degree from University of South Carolina in 1945 and Bachelors and Masters of Agricultural Economics degrees from Pennsylvania State University in 1950.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Patricia Dunham King, of Warren; children, Debra King, of Naples, Fla., Kathleen King (Michael Bertram), of Valley Forge, Pa., Dennis King, recently of New Cumberland, Pa. and Jennifer King, also of New Cumberland; stepchildren, Kevin (Christine) Stevenson, of Poulsbo, Wash., Leslie (Loyal) Pridgen, of Richmond, Va., and Kimberly Stevenson, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; brothers, Bernard (Hazel) King, of Tunkhannock, Pa. and Joseph (Frances) King, of Florida; and sisters, Harriet Varner, of Florida and Nancy (William) Zeckendorf, of New Mexico; aunts, Margaret Alberth and Catherine Christy, both of Tidioute; grandson, Christopher King and step grandchildren, Caroline and James Pridgen; and nephews and nieces.
He was a U.S. Navy Lieutenant J.G. and served during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Jim, with his brother Bernard, purchased the King Lumber Company from their father in 1959. Jim worked there for 36 years before retiring in 1987.
He enjoyed adventure travel and visited all seven continents. Birding was a passion of his, and he participated in the Audubon Christmas bird count for many years. Jim was a member of the Allegheny Outdoor Club, the Audubon Society, and the Northern Allegheny Conservation Association. He was active in organizing the Pennsylvania State Fishing Tournament and was instrumental in establishing the Tidioute Overlook. He was an Eagle Scout, served as a scoutmaster for many years, and was honored with the Hornaday Award for his efforts in reforestation. He enjoyed playing bridge and was a Life Master.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr. Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or the Tidioute Public Library.