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William Louis King Sr.
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Obituary for William Louis King Sr.

South Portland- William L. King Sr., 91, of Kenneth Road died peacefully on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Mercy Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born in Portland, Maine on April 8, 1927, the son of the late Louis T. and Daisy F.
(Laughton) King. He attended Portland High School, before being able to graduate he was
drafted and served in the United States Navy during WWII on the USS Fall River. Following the war Bill returned home and earned his GED.

Upon his return home, he married Rose A Russo on August 22, 1948. Together they had four children. After his divorce he married Barbara C. Townsend on October 25,1966.
Bill worked as a machinist/supervisor for the American Can Company for more than 30 years, retiring in 1984. He was a lifelong member of the South Portland VFW Post 832 and served on the color guard, a member of the South Portland Order of Masons, Hiram Lodge 180 F&AM, and a longtime member of the Kora Temple Shrine and a member of the Shrine Go-Cart Unit. Bill’s family commented that he was a good mechanic and an all-around handyman that could fix or build anything. In his spare time he enjoyed playing golf and working at Tee N Tee driving range in Westbrook, playing cards with friends, dancing, fishing or just getting in the car and driving. Bill and Barbara enjoyed more than 20 years of wintering in Florida. His greatest love was the time he spent surrounded by his family and friends.

Bill was predeceased by his wife of 51 years Barbara King in February of 2017; two sisters, Beverly Worthley, Ruth Marston; two brothers, Harry and Louis King; a grandson, Ryan King. He is survived by a daughter Diane King-Taliento and her husband James White of FL; three sons, William L. King Jr. and his wife Margarita of Saco, Kenneth W. King and his wife Laura of South Portland, Thomas V. King and his wife Cynthia of South Portland; seven grandchildren, Frank and his wife Kezia Taliento of South Portland, Carmela and her husband Stephen Wallace of VA, Andraya and her husband Peter Ticola of FL, Joel King of Portland, Adrianna King of South Portland, Kailynn King of South Portland, and Kristopher and his wife Kendall King of South Portland; three great grandchildren, Sean Wallace of VA, Ethan Taliento of South Portland, McKenna King of South Portland, with his fourth and fifth great grandchildren on the way. He is also survived by step daughter Bonnie and husband Bruce Rand, step sons Richard and Larry and wives Janice and Jean and their children and grandchildren.

Visiting hours and celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 9:00am to 11:00am at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service will follow at the chapel at 11:00am. Burial will be at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

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9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

Funeral Service




11:00 AM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - South Portland Chapel

1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106


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