Phillip Eugene King

September 1, 1947 ~ April 29, 2020 (age 72)


Obituary – Phillip Eugene King


Phillip Eugene King was born on September 1, 1947 in Maryville, Missouri to Edwin and Luetta Lorraine (Cavin) King. Phillip passed away on April 29, 2020 at the age of 72.

Phillip grew up on a farm outside of Blockton, Iowa. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1965.

Phillip served in the United States Army from 1967-1969 and was stationed in Vietnam with the 15th Medical Battalion of the 1st Air Calvary Division.  Upon returning home, Phillip worked for Chicago Northwestern Railroad, later known as Union Pacific Railroad. He worked as a railroad foreman until his retirement in 2007.

Phillip married Merna Padilla in 2005. They moved to Bedford after Phillip’s retirement where he resided until his death.

Phillip enjoyed photography and was proud of his achievements in local photography contests.  Phillip also enjoyed participating in classic car shows. Colorado always held a special place in his heart since his youth.  He became interested in mountain hiking and decided to start with Mt. Elbert, the highest summit in Colorado, and worked his way down the list of ‘Fourteeners’.

Preceding Phillip in death were his wife, Merna; parents, Edwin and Lorraine; and brother, Dan King.

He is survived by his 2 daughters: Elicia (David) Ropte and Heather King, both of Des Moines, Iowa;

Stepchildren: Cynthia (Talu) Leota of Port Orchard, Washington and Charles (Cara) Schwake of Hampton, Iowa; 2 grandchildren: Benjamin and Catherine and 5 step-grandchildren: Jeremiah, Anthony, Gracie, Noah, Symon and Isaac..


Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Inurnment will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa.

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