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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.