ONALASKA -- Donald S. King, 84 of Onalaska died Sunday, May 21, 2017.
He was born in South Haven, Mich., Aug. 4, 1932, to Clement and Vera (Clarke) King. He married Jacqueline Kottsick Feb. 6, 1955, in Minot, N.D.
Don was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be remembered for his quick wit and infectious sense of humor, love for fishing at Lake Lida, excellent gardening skills, fondness for the Great Northern steam trains, passion for higher education and last but not least, his endless desire for home cooked meals by his loving wife of 62 years, Jackie. Don served his country well in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a longtime member and past board member of the VFW and American Legion in several states and wore his Korean Veteran hat proudly, even up to his last hours. Locally, Don was a member of the Thomas Rooney VFW Post 1530 La Crosse and First Evangelical Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, including many wonderful years of being a snowbird in Arizona. Don was adored by his family and respected by friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Pavela and all the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at MCHS who provided such high quality care to our dad over the last three years. He will be deeply missed by all.
In addition to his wife, Jackie, of Onalaska; he is survived by his children, Victoria (George) Lohmann of West Fargo, N.D., Terry (Deb) King of Wahpeton, N.D., Kathy (Gerard) Bercier of Jamestown, N.D., Tim (Maya) King of Danburry, Wis., Heather (Jim) Thiel of Cottage Grove, Minn., Holly (Costa) Sousou of Holmen; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Victor King; and one sister, Mae Elizabeth Kottsick.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services La Crosse Chapel, 200 West Ave. S. Memorial services will be held in Wahpeton, and burial with military honors will be held in Mandan, N.D.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated in Don’s memory. Online guestbook may be signed at www.schumacher-kish.com.