Francis J. King
Francis J. King
  • January 22, 1937 - September 14, 2015
  • Marengo, Illinois

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Francis J. King
Born: January 22, 1937
Died: September 14, 2015
Frank, also known as Sonny, was born and raised in Chicago. He attended Chicago Public Schools, proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, and worked for Commonwealth Edison until he retired.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1961, he married Beverly Watkins at Immaculate Conception Church in Chicago.
Together they raised their family of seven children whom he referred to as "our magnificent seven," which includes Stephen (Nichelle) King, John (Sheri) King, Christopher (Traci) King, Victoria (Tod) Meyer, Jessica (Eric) Bersted, Elizabeth (Deskin) Jones, and Katherine (Matthew) Stone.
Frank was devoted to his family, which now includes 22 grandchildren. The newest grandson, Theodore Francis Robert Stone, was born the morning of Frank's death.
Frank made each day an adventure, whether it was driving down back roads instead of major highways, reading western novels, or trying new fishing lures on his favorite lake in Northern Wisconsin. His greatest adventure (a family adventure) was going into farming in the 1970s.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen King; his in-laws, Daniel and Agnes Watkins; two siblings; and a daughter-in-law, Colleen King.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8pm on Friday, September 18 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Saturday, September 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 323 N. Taylor St., Marengo.
Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to M.O.R.E. (Marengo Food Pantry), 829 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60152 or Sacred Heart Church.
For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131. Online condolences may be made at