Col. John M. King, 88, career Army officer

March 12, 2003

Col. John M. King, a career Army officer who served in World War II and Korea, died of heart failure Thursday at the Mount Vernon Convalescent Center in Alexandria, Va. The former Towson resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Park Avenue, he was a 1933 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and studied engineering for several years at the Johns Hopkins University.

He joined the Maryland National Guard in 1938, and during World War II served as a battalion commander in Europe. He also fought in Korea. At his 1968 retirement, he held the rank of colonel and was assigned to Baltimore's Fort Holabird.

In 1969, Colonel King moved to Ocean Pines, where he helped establish the volunteer fire company. He had lived in Alexandria since 1995.

He was a former communicant of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Towson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Colonel King is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Margaret Klug; three sons, John M. King Jr. of Lapine, Ala., William E. King of Newark, Del., and Stephen J. King of Atlanta; five daughters, Barbara M. McHugh of Alexandria, Marjorie F. Billmire of Monkton, Kathleen M. Mullins of Fredericksburg, Va., Margaret M. King of Round Hill, Va., and Deborah A. Cochran of San Bernardino, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Weiss of Baltimore and Peg Spath of Pelham Manor, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

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