Cris King

September 26, 1943 ‒ January 22, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Cris King was born September 26, 1943, in Columbus, OH, to Robert D. and Ruth E. (Keck) King. He grew up in Delaware County and graduated from Olentangy High School in 1961. After graduation he enlisted in the Army where he was an artillery specialist and played football in Germany from 1962 to 1965 when honorably discharged. Upon returning to Ohio, he enrolled at Ohio University majoring in history education and graduating in 1969. He obtained a junior high Ohio history, American history, and geography teaching position at Mount Gilead. Throughout most of his teaching career he coached jr. high track, freshman and high school football and was a head football coach for a couple of years.

On December 18, 1971, he married LeAnn Botimer in West Lafayette, OH which lasted over 49 years. She survives along with a son, Jeremy C. (Shay) of Frederick, CO, and daughter, Cristen L. of Powell, OH. He is also survived by two sisters, Deb (Ronald) Hopper, Powell, OH, and Coretta, of Waverly, TN. Several sister/brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and several great nieces and nephews survive as well. Preceding him in death besides his parents are a brother, Kevin, and brother-in-law, Bill, his in-laws, Charles William and Nellie Botimer, and a niece, Joanna.

In 1985 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis which continued to deteriorate his health. Although he continued to teach, his health caused his coaching career to cease. He retired from teaching in November 1996. For the next few years he worked for the Morrow County Highway Department until health caused him to retire. Then on January 22, 2021, complications from MS released him from that disease.

The family would like to thank everyone who cared for Cris throughout his illness. If anyone wishes to make a donation in his name, please do so to either Bennington Glen Nursing Home, Marengo, or Heartland Hospice of Marion.

A time to gather and celebrate Cris’ life will be from 1 PM to 3 PM, on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338)

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Cris’ family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • To LeAnn and all of Cris’s family: Please accept my sincere heartfelt sympathy. Cris was a wonderful teacher and friend. His influence on the many, many students and athletes over the years will be a living testimony to him for years to come. May God bless and comfort you in the days ahead.

  • To Mr King’s family,
    We are saddened to hear the passing of your husband, father and grandfather. He will always be remembered for his knowledge in history and his great teaching skills. “Now you’re cooking with oil”

    Ivy Hedrick Jones

  • Lee Ann and family,
    I will always remember the mock wedding that our gym class performed for you and Mr. King. He was a great teacher. Will be keeping all of you in my prayers. God be with during this time 🙏.

  • To LeeAnn and family.
    Mr. King touched so many young people. His knowledge of history, love for the game of football and his since of humor will be missed. Our prayers are with you all.

  • LeAnn, Jeremy and Cristen
    Thoughts and prayers are with your family. I never had the pleasure of having Cris as a teacher, but Brian did and as a football coach. Brian is a big history buff, I think Cris had a part in instilling that in him.

  • Brad and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. God bless. Brad and Karen West

  • Sorry for your loss. He was a great person and an awesome teacher. Will always remember how he told me that “I was going to be the west that was if I didn’t pay attention in history class”. I’ll be praying for you all.

  • I am so sorry for your loss LeAnn and family. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God lessen the pain in your heart.

  • I had the good fortune to have Mr. King when in junior high during the ’87 and ’88 school years. Then, I was able to work with him at the County Highway Department nearly ten years ago. It was great to be with again-this time as an adult. The stories got a little more ornery. I had a great time. Will never forget Mr. King.

  • To the King family,
    Chris was one of my favorite teachers and coaches. I really looked up to him. I was riveted to his Ohio History classes and loved him as a coach. I am happy for him he is set feee from that terrible disease and is in a better place. My condolences and prayers to you.


    Nathan Long.

  • To Mr. King’s Family,

    He was such a wonderful man and teacher. I will never forget him jumping up onto his desk to get his point across in history class. He had a passion for teaching his students and he won’t soon be forgotten. I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts.
    Missy Holsinger Kidwell

  • My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. He was one my favorite teachers at the Mount Gilead Junior High.
    Mona Sprague Park

  • This makes us so sad. Kevin had him for a teacher and a coach and thought so much of him. I remember our girls health class would try to get you fixed up with him only to find out later you were already dating!
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • To the King family,

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with you during your time of sorrow. Cris was a wonderful neighbor and friend. May he rest in peace in heaven.

  • I am so sorry for you and your family. Jeremy talked about his Dad quite a bit, I know he loved him very much.

  • Mrs. King,
    Mr. King will always be special to me! I was there those couple years that he was Head Football coach at MG. He was also my position coach all 4 years so I spent a lot of time with him but my favorite conversations with him were years after graduation and listening to his passion for Ohio history. Most of these occurred when he was mowing roadsides for the county. We always talked about guns too.
    One of favorite teachers!
    Anthony Bush

  • LeAnn and Family,

    We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and the kids in our prayers. He is free to hunt arrow heads and enjoy other activities in heaven! Jim and Joanne

  • Mrs King
    You and your children have my condolences. He beat MS back with all his will. Know that his passing is a celebration of all he touched. There are a lot of us. As a long time teacher, Principal, coach etc – a little of what I did was in part to his influence and that of all our teachers. Cris King was special. Very Special. Celebrating his life this week I promise you.

    Jeff Clark

  • His passion for history will live on in his students and their children. I was also privalaged to work with him and treasured our lunch talks. You all are in out thoughts and prayers.

  • Condolences to the king family I had both as jr high teachers. Worked with Jeremy and cristen went to school with my kids. It has been a long struggle but now is done. Enjoy the fond memories we all have of him

  • I had Mr King in 7th grade, Ohio history. He was an incredible teacher, man, and was “that educator” for me. Over the years I often thought of his kindness and his awesome teaching skill. He wanted you as a young student to get it. He told stories of the time he was in the he see, and as young students we hung on his words. I am sorry for his illness he had to endure. I am also sorry for Mrs King, I had her in school also. MS is hard and it is cruel. I pray God will give the entire family peace that Mr King suffers no more. Sincerely yours,

  • We re saddened to hear of your loss! However, it would be wrong to want him to linger, knowing he is now well again! Safe in the arms of our Lord.Leanne, you were such a trooper through these years, being there for your husband as well as your parents! You are a special lady! May God co.fort and keep you and your family.

  • Mr. King made an impact on many young students’ lives and is named a favorite teacher by many. My condolences to the family.

  • I’m sorry for your family’s loss. Mr King was an inspiration to me to pursue a career in history and politics. Truly a great man and mentor.

  • To the King family,

    I really looked forward to Ohio History in junior high. Cris was one of the very best teachers I ever had. He was such a genuinely animated character, with one of the most unique personalities. There was no hiding in the back of his class, as he would engage everyone throughout the year. I think of him, and his class often. He will always be in my memories, and I’m wishing you all the best of love.

    Rest In Peace kemosabe!

  • King Family,
    Hands down…my favorite teacher…EVER!! He inspired my love and passion for history. I’ve been a history buff ever since 7th grade Ohio History. Spring study hall that year and the year after he’d call me back and try to get me to ask my older brother to play football! He gave me my nickname “Jake” and have had it ever since. My heart goes out to you and your family! I was so blessed to get a chance to catch up with him at a high school football game 2 years ago. We had a great time catching up!!! He will be missed. He always lives within the make-up of who I’ve become! Prayers to your entire family. He was a great man!

  • LeeAnn, Jeremy and Cristen,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Keith has fond memories of Cris helping him in the football press box. He will be remembered for his dedication to the Mount Gilead Schools.

    Keith and Donna Rogers and Family

  • To Deb and Corretta,

    My deepest sympathy at the loss of your brother. I have very fond memories of Cris and my brother hanging out together in high school.
    Much love,
    Carolyn Postle Starkey

  • Mrs. King and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers for you all today, and the days to come. He was an amazing teacher and coach and we appreciate and admire the passion he possessed for his students and athletes.
    Rod and Ranee Randall

  • Mrs. King & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Mr. King was by far the best teacher we had. He was a kind, caring, funny and an outstanding teacher and person. He touched so many lives and was respected by all who knew him.
    With our sympathy,
    Chris & Tina Irons

  • While attending MT.Gilead Jr High, I had 2 favorite teachers ! One was
    Bear Bremigan ! The other was Mr. King! I had Mr. King for Ohio History and for me ,Mr.King was an awesome teacher whom I had Alot of respect for.He was a good guy and he will be sorely missed!! So very sorry for your loss. Mrs.King, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • LeeAnn and family, we send our prayers and we are so sorry for your loss. Our son, Jeff thought the world of Chris as a coach. As I read thru the comments above, you can tell he touched many lives of his students. God Bless you ALL.

  • My heart breaks to see this , Mr. King was my favorite teacher , prayers for comfort and peace to your family ❤️ Marielaina (Leary) Kanniard

  • Mrs. King, Jeremy and Cristen,
    I am so very sorry to hear of your husband and father’s passing. He will be remembered fondly by so many but missed greatly by you. He was such a passionate teacher! Prayers for all.

  • As many have said before- wonderful memories of Jr High with the best teachers around. May your family find peace knowing Crus is out of pain and in a better place

  • Your family has a special place in our hearts. May you find joy and comfort in knowing Chris touched and made a difference in many lives. Please feel prayers being said.

  • Dear LeeAnn and family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss… the love and care you gave him were just amazing to see. I so enjoyed our visits (and boring Chris with my rocks-ha).

    Don’t hesitate to call if there’s anything we can do. I have my Mom now since Dad passed in September; I’m sure they’re dancing together 🙂

    Jerry and Karen Webb

  • LeAnn,
    You and I met that weekend long ago, before either of us had even thought of marriage. You are at that point again. You have filled your life with rearing a fine family and being a steady caregiver. Well done.
    Prayers for you and your family. Tom also sends his prayers for you.
    Anne Cotton

  • LeAnn,
    We are holding you close in prayer and loving you. Mike enjoyed visiting with Chris whenever he could and appreciated his service to his country and to the children whose lives he touched. We know that even though he is now free from the grips of the horrible MS, your grief is still very heart breaking. If we can do anything, please know that we are here for you. Much love Mike and Vickie McKinney

  • Prayers for all of you. Chris was an amazing teacher. I have so many wonderful memories of being in his class.

  • Prayers LeeAnn for you and your family. He was a wonderful influence on many students. He left smiles on many who knew him. Hugs my friend.

  • Mrs King and family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Coach King was a great teacher, a great coach, and a great man. Some of my best memories of high school is having him as my football coach. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. RIP Coach King

  • Mrs. King, Jeremy and Cristen,
    Mr. King as many have said was a wonderful teacher and coach that touched so many of our lives. His passion for history came out in every class he taught. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and am sending you all many prayers. Thank you for sharing your husband and father with all of us as we navigated our teenage years at Mt. Gilead Schools.

  • I am so very sorry to hear about Coach Chris King’s passing. Chris was one of my favorite coaches, teacher, and mentor’s at Mt.Gilead in the 70’s. Sending prayers of comfort to LeAnn and family.

  • Remembering 7th grade Ohio History and one of my favorite teachers, Mr. King, fondly. My condolences.

  • Mr. King was a bridge. He gave many students the inspiration to go from adolescence to adulthood. His frie0ndship and experience in life will remembered for decades to come.

  • Mrs. King and Family,
    Like so many others that had the opportunity to learn from Mr. King, I am saddened by his passing but oh so blessed to have learned from him. Coach King was my inspiration to become a History Teacher and Coach. His passion for Ohio History was contagious. After taking his class, I became a lifelong Allen Eckert reader and avid arrowhead hunter. His energy and passion for teaching has been the model that I strive to emulate every day. He made learning fun. He made history come alive. He was also an awesome coach and motivator. I feel blessed that I got to play for him at both the Jr. High and High School level. His legacy lives on. He was an inspiration to many.

  • LeAnn, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’ll be praying for God’s divine peace and holy comfort to strengthen you all in your time of loss.

  • I have so many wonderful memories of being in his Ohio History class. Mostly, I remember the energy he brought to the classroom every day. He commanded the respect of everyone with his knowledge of the subject and passion for teaching. I have been a teacher for 20 years, and I will sometimes catch myself interacting with my own students in the same way that he treated me so many years ago.

  • Mrs. King and family,
    Mr. King was a great influence to me. I often find myself saying one of his colloquialisms. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  • LeAnn and family so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family thru this sad and difficult time.

  • Mrs. King, Jeremy and Christen,

    I have so many wonderful memories of Mr. King. My heart and prayers go out to you during this time. May his stories and your memories bring you peace.

  • LeAnn and family,

    My mom, Frances, and Ruth were good friends as well as my older brother Bob and Chris. We all went to Olentangy together and of course I had Ruth as my trigonometry teacher. Lots of good memories and Chris was always one of the guys that us younger ones looked up to. So sorry for your loss. Frank

  • By far – Mr King was one of the best teachers I’ll remember from school and really enjoyed his class everyday ,tough coach but fair across the board – saddens me to hear he passed – prayers to his family

  • Best teacher I ever had…..he put his heart and soul into teaching us kids the history of ohio. He was really into teaching about the Shawnee Indians and brought to life that culture. Mr. King will missed but I’ll always remember him for what he taught me. I saw him a few years ago at Norton sporting goods and he still remembered who I was. I’ll miss him and my condolences to the family

  • My condolences to your family. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that Mr. King was often the best part of the day for generations of awkward tweens in the Mount Gilead school system. To this day, I’d love to play his epic video game: “Simon Kenton Runs the Gauntlet”.

    RIP Mr. King

  • Ohio History was my most favorite class ever! Sorry Mrs. King and dad. Mr. King had a infectious way to share his lessons and engage the classroom.
    Mrs. King and children please accept my heartfelt sympathy!

  • To the King family, please know that Coach King was an amazing man. Great teacher, amazing coach!! Loved riding along with Dad when he would go over to work on their guns!!
    He was an amazing influence to many and we are all a lot better because of him!! I always admired his calm demeanor and passion for his classroom!
    Blessings and prayers to your family.

    Rod Thill

  • LeAnn & family,
    Our deepest heart-felt condolences to you. We will always remember with great fondness the friendship that developed between our family and yours during our time together in Mt. Gilead.
    Dale & Cheryl Brown

  • LeeAnn, I’m so sorry to hear of Cris’ passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May the Lord comfort your heart. Sharon Smith

  • This news makes me so sad. I was just sharing with my 7th grade students last week stories of Mr. King and Miss Botimer and how we tried to get you both together. So sorry for your loss, Mrs King.
    You and your family will be in my prayers.