Thomas "Doc" King
Thomas Roger "Doc" King, 83, of Shipshewana passed away peacefully at 4:55 pm
on Thursday, April 5, at his residence.  He had successfully beaten cancer several
times, his battle has been and will continue to be an encouragement to others. He
was born on January 26, 1935 in Sturgis, MI, to Russle and Ilah  (Miller) King.  On
August 2, 1958 in White Pigeon, MI he married Karen L.  Bale, she survives.
Survivors in addition to his wife are son, Dr. Jeff (Maria) King of LaGrange; two
daughters, Jaynee (Steve) Christner of Topeka and Jill (Matt) Reyenga of Goshen;
10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents and three brothers, Billy King, Robert King, Joseph King. Doc worked as a
mixed animal veterinarian for over 40 years serving both LaGrange and Elkhart
counties. He enjoyed wood carving, playing shuffle board and attended New Life
Fellowship, Topeka. He was a true handyman and was known by his family as “Mr.
Fix It”. He was generous with his time and knowledge; often helping and teaching
other family members. Visitation will be from 1:30 - 6:30 on Sunday April 8, at New
Life Fellowship, Topeka. Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm on Monday, April 9, also
at the church. Services will be conducted by Pastor Russ Hunsberger. Burial will be
in Eden Cemetery, Topeka. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Destiny
Rescue (a non-profit specializing in Child Sexual Exploitation And Slavery); Beacon
Children’s Hospital of Hematology/Oncology in South Bend in honor of five year old
Rudy Chapman; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in honor of five year old
Maverick  Weimer.
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Our deepest sympathy to Karen, Steve, Jane, and Jill and the spouses and grandchildren
and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed for his love, friendliness, leadership,
kindness for others. You couldn't ask for a better person in life and example for others.
Our love and prayers are with you all.
From: Roger and Marolyn Yoder
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I am so sorry for your loss. Doc King will always hold a special place in my heart.
Many prayers to your family.
From = Karoline Carney
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Karen and family, We can never remember a time that Roger did not greet us with a smile,
a handshake or a hug. He is one of the most genuine men we have ever met. We will
surely miss him. God has a very, very special plan for him.
Hugs and Love, Moe and Laurie
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Aunt Karen, Jeff, Jayne, Jill and families,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Uncle Tom was such a kind and caring man.  He
always had a smile for everyone.  He will be in our hearts forever.
From: Love, Debi
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Our most sincere condolences to Karen, Jeff, Jaynee, Jill and all the members of the
family.  Doc was truly an honorable and genuine man who earned the respect of all who
knew him.  Some of the fondest memories of early youth were days on ride-alongs with
him in the field, where his wisdom and compassion became readily apparent.  May he rest
in peace.
From: ANDREW & SHEILA AUTER, GIG HARBOR, WA
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To Karen and family,
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I will always remember
Roger as he held me up on water skis the very first time I tried it. God bless.
From: Linda (Sowers) Fanning of North Port, FL
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Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you
From: Tom and Jane Hulen
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You & the family are in our many thoughts & prayers in the passing of your loved one.
May  God give you added strength to face the tomorrows.
From: Jack & Elizabeth Oakley & Family
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Our deepest sympathy to the King family.
From: White Pigeon Alumni Association
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Aunt Karen, Jeff, Jaynee, Jill and Family. Words can't express how sorry I am about Uncle
Tom. He was such a gentle soul with an infectious smile. He reminded me so much of my
Grandpa Joe. Heaven has gained another beautiful Angel! With much Love to all of you.
From: Wendi Young
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Our sincere condolences for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
From: Brad and Michelle Eash
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Sorry for your loss
DR was a special man
He will be missed!
From :Mike Griewank
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Karen, We are so sorry for your loss. But, what memories you will always have of your love
for each other. You are being prayed for.
From: Francele Hagerty
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My deepest sympathies to the family.  My Mom was Phyllis Sowers, daughter of Echo
Sowers, Ilah's sister.  I remember going to their farm as a child and Aunt Ilah making berry
pies and chicken dinners.  We'd occasionally have Karen and Roger and their kids with
us.  Many fond memories.
From: Holly Myckowiak Illingworth
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I am so sorry for your loss. Doc King will always hold a special place in my heart.
Many prayers to your family.
From = Karoline Carney
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Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!
From: Julie (Hollenbeck) Brown
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My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. Doc was a very special
man to a lot of people, who earned the love and respect of those same people.
From: Deb and Tony Lower
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To the King family.  I am so sorry for your loss.  He has left behind a great legacy and
wonderful family.
From: Pam Hann
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Roger was such an inspiration to us here at Limetree. We are so Blessed to have known
him. Prayers for Karen and the family.
From: Nick and Chick Carrino
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Very sorry to hear of Rogers passing. He was a good man, and I will always remember him
with affection and respect.
From = Kirk Fry
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So sorry to hear about your dad.  Growing up, some of my best memories are times spent
at the lake and up north in Michigan.  He was always so kind and loving. Prayers for you all.
From: Brenda Lambright Biggs