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Don King was popular figure in Rochester - Caston school communities, passed away of cancer

Donald G. King, 66 of Rochester passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis after a year long battle with cancer.

 

Don was born on April 11, 1954 in Rochester and is the son to the late Lyman Arthur and Helen (Rentschler) King.  On October 21, 1973 in the Fulton Baptist Temple, Don married Ellen A. Berry who survives.

 

Don worked as the transportation director for the Rochester School Corporation but was well known for all the other “hats” he wore around the Fulton/Rochester area.

 

Don coached both boys and girls basketball for over 40 years at Rochester and Caston. When he was not coaching, Don was the voice of Caston Athletics and a huge IU fan. Don was also a great supporter of the cheer teams that his wife Ellen coached.

 

Don loved being outdoors, especially doing lawn care for himself and others. He was a 4-H Leader, grain, hog, and dairy farmer and a Sunday School Teacher.  Don never met a stranger and to those that had the privilege to know him instantly felt his warm and caring personality.

Surviving along with his wife Ellen, is a son, Jeffrey (Toni) King, Columbus; granddaughter, Abigail King, Columbus; two brothers, Bobby (Penny) King, South Bend; Arthur King, Twelve Mile; sister, Rosemary (Bruce) Scales, Rochester.

 

Due to the current covid-19 restrictions, Don’s celebration of life service will be livestreamed at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 21, 2020. You can access this live stream by visiting (www.gundrumcares.com) and clicking on “live funeral services” and selecting “todays service”. Rev. Bruce Russell will be officiating.

 

Memorials in memory of Don may be made to Rochester High School with designation to the Rochester girls basketball program or to Caston High School with designation to the Caston Athletic Fund.

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