He was born in Perkinsville, VT, on February 17, 1942, the son of Edward and Vinnie (Bixby) King.
He had worked for Joy Manufacturing for 27 years. Before full retirement, he was employed with the Walpole Middle School for 10 years. He loved working at both places and all the people he had worked with.
Francis enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and tending to the campfires. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren whom he adored. He was very loved and will be missed dearly.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jeanette (Martel) King; daughters, Debra Brickey and her husband, Bob of Springfield, VT, and Rhonda Tewksbury and her husband, Michael of Charlestown, NH; one son, Dana Martel of Lowell, MA; grandchildren, Brandon Sheldon and his wife, Kristy of California, Sarah Brickey-Nguyen and her husband, Alvin of Northampton, MA, Garret Tewksbury and his wife, Michaela of Sunapee and Marisa Tewksbury of Claremont; siblings, Barbara Shattuck of Springfield, VT, Joyce Emery and her husband, Max of Reading, VT, Reva Newcomb and her husband, Warren of Langdon, Sandra Shattuck of Baltimore, VT, Louie King and his wife, Ginger of Claremont, Robert King and his wife, Pauline of Charlestown, Bonnie Turner and her husband, Ted of Swans Island, ME Gary King of FL and brother-in-law, Delbert Aiken of Springfield, VT; great grandchildren, Derek Sheldon and Emily Sheldon; also many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Francis “Joe” King, Jr.; sister, Flora Aiken; brother, Allan King and brother-in-law, Charles “Ike” Shattuck.
The family would like to thank the staff of DHMC for their compassionate care that they provided and Aylene Wozniak from Hospice.
A celebration of life service and luncheon will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 1 PM at the VFW Hall in Charlestown, NH. Burial will be held privately at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services: Gifts of Community Spirit, HCS, PO Box 564, Keene NH 03431.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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