Rev. Richard C. King

February 19, 1932 ‒ September 26, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rev. Richard C. King, age 88, of Mount Vernon and formerly of Coshocton passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Westerville with his loving family by his side.

He was born on February 19, 1932 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late John and Mary (Rogers).  Richard was a graduate of Asbury University and served as a Pastor for the Church of the Nazarene for over 50 years.  He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his wife, of over 65 years, Lauretta (Alford) King; his daughters, Krista Henry, Kathy (Terry) Waller, Cheryl (Greg) Sharpes, Gina (Hadi) Khouri; his sons, Mark (Shelly) King, Mike (Lydia) King, David (Faith) King; 29 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and his sister Barbara Steidel.

Friends may call on Friday, October 2, 2020 from 11AM-1PM at the First Church of the Nazarene (807 Coshocton Ave. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050).  A service will follow, beginning at 1PM, with Rev. Mike King and Rev. Francis Bolerjack officiating.  Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  First Church of the Nazarene, 807 Coshocton Ave. Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.

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  • To the family and friends of Mr. King always cherish the fond memories of time spent together and although you may grieve the Bible can be a source of comfort. At (Revelation 21:3,4) it speaks of a time when there will be no more sickness or death, also at (Acts 24:15) it speaks of a resurrection that we all can look forward to. May the peace and love of the God of all comfort be with you all. Comfort can be found in our Creator through prayer and through his word the Bible and in Jesus Christ.

  • To the entire King family I send my deepest condolences. Rev. King without a doubt made better people of all of us, whether it was giving us spiritual advice, letting us hang out with his beautiful family, or giving us something meaningful to do with our time and keeping us out of trouble and off the mean streets of Leavittsburg, Ohio back in the late 1960’s and 70’s. My best friends were in that church and some of my earliest world learning experiences happened there.
    I was in love with both Krista and Kathy in those days (as we all were-Fred Helmick, David Thompson, Eddie Smith) and we all grew up together in many ways. All guided by Rev and Miss Lauretta, we spent the lazy summer days and cold winter ones too in the big lot between the church and parsonage playing football and all sports. He was a great basketball coach too. I am sorry to this day for accidentally plowing into him mid-court and sitting him on the sidelines while his ribs healed.
    He taught us as young men to be respectful and honest. Those things I will carry with me all my life. Without him, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I give him the credit for being an amazing human being and introducing me to a world of love I might have never found. I have traveled the world but those memories of Rev King and his family still guide me. I have been trying to contact him for many years and have come close a few times. Seems my search is over. I hope to see him on the other side.
    Love to all!

  • I remember “Uncle” Richard when I was a kid. Always had a smile and a joke. We had holidays on the farm in Rising Sun and my memories of that time are still vivid. It was a wonderful time.
    I know his family will miss him a great deal. My thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻 Are with the family is this difficult time. Rest you worries with the lord and let him carry you through this. God Bless you all.

  • To Lauretta and the family,
    Dick will always be someone very special to this young pastor (then) from Chesapeake Virginia. He took me under her wing and taught me much about ministry. I cherish the rounds of golf we played together, the talks as we walked, and most times a game of Pac-Man on our way home. We shared leading the junior high and senior high camp in Virginia for a number of years.
    (Thank you, Dick, for investing your time, pastor’s heart, and love for God with me. It changed the trajectory of my ministry.)

    Gary Barkley

  • Luaretta and Family – My deepest sympathy to you in the death of a sweet saint – Rev. Richard King. He was a wonderful friend of mine. When he would come into Walmart in Coshocton he would always look me up as I was working and spend time with me talking and would always end our conversation with prayer specifically praying for me. We had a lot in common as we both pastored the Warsaw Church. He will of course be missed but we all know that he is now in Heaven rejoicing with His Savior as He welcomed Richard in to the portals of Heaven. May the Lord bring great comfort to you in these days. So sorry I can not be there Friday for I am working.

  • Dear King Family,
    I cannot tell you how sad I was to hear of Rev. King’s passing. So many fond memories growing up with you all. I was never at home, always with someone from your family. ( Mainly Krista, whom I got your number and hope to speak with you soon). She was my very bestest of friends going up!
    We all felt we could gather at the parsonage. Whether in the field playing games, or in the house.
    It occurred to me, as I read Rev King’s Obituary, I do not remember him ever being mad, or unkind about anything. He was a great influence on me. Even though he probably thought we weren’t paying any attention to his sermons, I did and it planted seeds for my future. Thank you for that.
    I wish I could be there for his service. I would of loved to have seen all of you! You are all so special.
    May God be with you at this time and in the future.
    Tammie (Thigpen) Reinard

  • Our Siceres condolences to Mrs Laureta King , the kids and grand kids . The Reverend was such a nice guy ,he is in a better place now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in Therese difficult moments

  • To Lauretta and family :
    Richard was always a bright beacon of love and Christian fellowship. From the time I moved into the Highmeadow condos he was there. My wife was very sick when we first moved in and Richard was the first one at our door to
    Offer his prayers to my wife. I was lucky to have served on the board here at Highmeadow with Richard. He
    Helped all on the board with his words of wisdom and scripture at the start of each board meeting. He will be missed immensely. My prayers go out to Lauretta and family at this time and wish them comfort.
    Steve Daugherty–Highmeadow board president

  • I am sad to hear about Rev. King’s passing. We send our love and warmest thoughts to the entire King family, which seems to have grown over time. And that is a wonderful thing especially if Rev. King passed his gentle, kind and loving heart on to all of you. He really created a special environment within the church for the youth. I first met Rev. King through his coaching of the church junior basketball team. One evening there was a knock at my backdoor and it was Eddie Smith. He had seen me playing basketball in the neighborhood and asked if I would like to play for the church. I said yes and that really changed my life going forward. I made so many new friends for life! Rev. King always had new activities planned for the youth. When I look back at that time it might be the most enjoyable in my life. The two things he did that will always be etched in my heart was when he brought a van full of my friends to see me in the hospital in Buffalo, New York and when years after he had left Leavittsburg, he came back to Leavittsburg when I asked him to preform my first marriage. And on a side note, Jerry was right, both Krista and Kathy did break my heart on different occasions. Rev. King, his family and everyone in the Leavittsburg Nazarene Church will be a part of me forever!

    Love you all, Fred

  • My Dearest King Family,my heart broke,my eyes fill with tears,when i heard this news,,Rev King was one of 2 great men in my life ,that shape me in to the man i am today,,,he taught me to show love,honesty,,kindness,,toward everyone,,,i never forgot Rev King and your family,wonder where and how every one of you were doing in life,,,i,ll never forget his Preaching ,his advice,,his coaching in the Churches sporting ventures,,,He was a great Coach,,,Mrs King and the King family I know the Angels are singing in Heaven,,,,And may i wish you prayers that God comfort You and Your Hearts,and thank you for Sharing this Great Man for the years I got to share him,,,Love to all Paul Gee