Robert L. King, age 81, of rural Portland passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Parkview Hospital Randallia in Fort Wayne.

He was born in Lebanon on Oct. 3, 1937, the son of Carl and Mildred Ann (Coffin) King. He was married on Dec. 22, 1957, to Gloria Ann Linder and she passed away on Sept. 14, 1992.

He had worked for Standard Register as a salesman and in 1960 opened an office in Muncie. He was awarded national sales leader for 25 years. In 1991, he started his business Phoenix and Associates, and he also was engaged in farming.

He was a graduate of Lebanon High School and Earlham College, where he played football and baseball. 

He was a deacon and elder in the First Presbyterian Church and member of Portland Optimists. He was commissioner of Pee Wee Football in he 1970s and ’80s and coached Little League Baseball.

He is survived by two sons, Kirk King of New Haven and Mark King of Portland; one daughter, Kerri Bedingham (husband: David) of Madison, Indiana; one brother, John King (wife: Dorla) of Lebanon; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at 4 p.m. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Hugh Kelly presiding.

Visitation will be Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Memorials can be made to the Jay County Humane Society or Midwest Pet Refuge.

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