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Paul R. King

July 8, 1928 February 25, 2018
Paul R. King
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Peoria-Paul R. King, of East Peoria, IL., age 89, passed away the afternoon of Sunday, February 25, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Paul was born July 8, 1928, in Peoria, the only child of Jack and Henrietta (Spath) King.
He married Margaret Colleen “Marge” Smith on June 11, 1949 in Peoria. She then became a fan of the Chicago White Sox, so Paul would speak to her during baseball season. Marge passed away April 14, 2010.
They had four children; Peggy King, Gary (Jill) King of Peoria, Susan McCormick of rural Washburn and Jennifer King of Livingston, MT. Peggy preceded them in death. Paul is survived by grandchildren; Colleen Leuallen, Timothy and Marshall King of Peoria, Kristi McCormick of Peoria and Danielle McCormick of Rantoul, IL., also great-granddaughter Khaleesi Berardi and beloved dog, Floppy.
A graduate of St. Patrick Grade School (1942), Manual Training High School (1946) and Bradley University (1950), Paul began a 45-year career in sports journalism with the Peoria Journal Star newspaper while a senior at Manual.
He served in the local heavy weapons unit of the Illinois National Guard.
Paul was named sports editor of the Journal Star in 1964 and oversaw the newspaper’s vastly expanded coverage of athletics on the amateur and professional levels, until his retirement in 1991.
He was a charter member of the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame board of directors. He was inducted by the GPSHF in 1992 and was also enshrined by the Bradley University Athletic, Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and Peoria Old Timers Racing Hall of Fame.
He was a member of the Peoria Noon Optimist Club and Peoria Philatelic Society, and served as the president of both organizations. He was a charter member of Timberlake Country Club, was on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and was a vice commodore/secretary of the Peoria Boat Club.
Paul founded the Tri-County Tennis Tournament and Bowling Tournament of Champions. He served on the former Peoria Mayor Dick Carver’s Committee that successfully brought baseball back to Peoria, after a 25-year absence.
He was a member of the College Football and Basketball Writers Associations of America and served as president of the Illinois Associated Press Sports Editors Association.
Paul was a member of the NASCAR Union 76 Racing Panel that previewed weekly national motorsports events and served on the panel to celebrate the 100th Knox-Monmouth football game, among the oldest collegiate athletic events in the nation.
He was active in basketball, baseball, and softball youth coaching and participated in the Peoria Park District Senior Slow Pitch softball program. He directed competition in a multitude of Journal Star/Peoria Park District cosponsored events while supervising a sports department staff made up of nearly three dozen sub-editors, writers, desk personnel and part-timers.
He was a fan of harness racing, notably the Hambletonian at DuQuoin, IL., and was a fixture of the annual Peoria TT Motorcycle Race.
Paul wrote dispatches from major league baseball spring training in Florida for many years and covered University of Illinois basketball and football in addition to writing the featured column in the JS sports section.
He hired the first female members of the Journal Star sports staff and, with the advent of Title IX legislation, oversaw expanded coverage of the girls’ and women’s interscholastic athletics for the newspaper.
We would like to thank the staff of OSF St. Francis Medical Center for their patience, kindness and great care given to our father and grandfather.
Paul was a member and usher at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights, IL., where Fr. Paul Stark, S.J. will conduct a Funeral Mass, scheduled for 10:00 AM, Friday March 2, 2018, with a half hour prior visitation. Visitation will be 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Burial will follow at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to Peoria Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS) in Peoria or the ARK Animal Shelter, Illinois Route 26 in Lacon, IL.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

1

Mar

5:00 PM 3/1/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/1/2018 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Friday

2

Mar

9:30 AM 3/2/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 3/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Friday

2

Mar

10:00 AM 3/2/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Parkview Cemetery Final Resting Place

2001 N University
Peoria, IL 61604

2001 N University Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

P.A.W.S.

ARK Animal Shelter

477 Illinois Route 26
Lacon, IL 61540
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