January 18, 1927 - October 28, 2018
Graveside services will be held on November 13, 2018 at 10 am at Westside Cemetery for William Siegfried (Bill) King, 91 years old, who peacefully passed away at home in Paradise, CA on Oct. 28. Bill was born on Jan. 18, 1927 in a house on a hill in McKittrick, CA to George and Christa (Wheeler) King.
He served in the Army from 1946-1954 and spent his time in the Korean War building bridges so our men could get to the other side so they could fight.
He married Dana Elder on July 24, 1949. Bill and Dana's brother went in together and started raising cattle on a dairy farm. Bill decided to go to work for Bishop Oil Co. He worked in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for several years chasing rigs and moved 21 times before moving to Taft, Ca. Once in Taft, He went to work for Standard Oil Co where he worked for 39 years until he retired in 1986. While at Standard Oil he received the nickname of Fu man Chu because of his mustache. He was an oilfield supervisor, lineman, and drilling and safety instructor.
In 1991 Bill married Edith Leonard. Their passion was to travel and their favorite place to camp was at Antelope Lake near Susanville which they did every summer.
Dill was proceeded in death by his wife Dana King, his mother Christa and father George King, mother and father in law Flora and Paul Elder and his brother in law Gilbert Elder and niece Carol Wills and his 5 male cousins.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Edith King, his children Debbie and Danny Owens, Greg and Diann King, Rori and Marty Blackwood, Mark and Erin Leonard, and Robin and Gail Leonard. Grandchildren Michele and Jeremy McGee, Tim and Stephanie Owens, Jeff and Jackie King, Scott and Dianna King, Garrett and Chelsea King, Brandi and Brian, Tonya White, Amanda and Dale Benskin, Chase Blackwood and Claudia, Haily Blackwood and fiance Remy Williams, Jennifer Leonard, Seth and Ashley Leonard, Kate and Arron Reeves. Along with numerous great grandchildren and his 2 nieces Pat Brugeron and Pam Sissung.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Edith and all his family.