Lonnie A. King: 1974 – 2008

king-lonnie-a.jpgLonnie A. King, age 33, a resident of Orchard Lane in Churubusco, Indiana lost his courageous fight against cancer on Thursday afternoon June 12, 2008 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He has been in failing health for nearly two years.

Lonnie was born November 16, 1974 in Fort Wayne, a son of Robert D. and Arlene M. (Crabill) King. As a young man he graduated from the Churubusco High School with the class of 1994, and attended Ivy Tech College for three years. He lived his entire life in the Fort Wayne and Churubusco area, and was united in marriage in Churubusco on December 13, 2003 to Renata C. Crooks. He had worked for 5 1/2 years for C&A Tool and Engineering in Churubusco, and most recently worked for Steel Dynamics Co. in Columbia City. He attended the Sugar Grove Church of God, was an avid Miami Dolphins Football fan, and loved to fish.

He is survived by his wife Renata; their lovely daughter Madison Grace, at home; his parents Robert and Arlene King of Churubusco; sister Rachel (Roger) Mullins of South Whitley; his grandmother Betty Crabill of Columbia City; and mother and father-in-law Roger and Rhonda Crooks of Churubusco. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters-in-law Sephora (Shawn) Lortie of Churubusco, and Zach (Jennifer) Crooks of Huntington; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers and one grandmother.

Funeral services for Lonnie will be held Tuesday June 17, 2008 at 11:00 A.M. in the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Timothy Grable officiating.

Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.

For those who wish memorial contributions may be directed to his daughter Madison in care of Renata. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.


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7 Responses to “Lonnie A. King: 1974 – 2008”

  1. Oncology unit at lutheran Hospital Says:

    our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

  2. Chris & Sarah Tomlinson Says:

    Renata and family, nothing we can say or do will ease your pain during this tragic time.

    But know that our friendship we had with Lonnie will be cherished forever. And also know that our friendship amongst our little clan will stay strong and supportive now and during the times that lay ahead.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Chris & Sarah

  3. Cathy Tucker-Ellis Says:

    Just wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. The pain will fade and the memories will remain.

  4. michele helfrich Says:

    thinking of you and your family at the time of your loss

  5. Geoff&Brein Schenher Says:

    Our thoughts are with all the family that Lonnie has left behind, most importantly his beautiful little girl. Geoff and I went to school with Lonnie and we both feel he was a wonderful guy, always thoughtful and caring of others. He always had a smile on his face and loved a good conversation. He carried that positive attitude until the end, may we all learn from him. What a brave man. We are truly sorry for your loss.
    Geoff & Brein Schenher

  6. Justin Shively Says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family with the loss of Lonnie. It’s hard to sum up everything I would like to say about Lonnie in just a short paragraph, but he will never be forgotten. I had the opportunity to attend school with Lonnie, play football with him, and to be his friend. Lonnie was a good friend that I could always talk to and share stories with. Although it’s been a long time since I’ve seen or spoken with Lonnie, I can’t wait to have another laugh with him. You are all in my prayers.
    Justin Shively and family

  7. Lisa Waterman Says:

    Wishing you peace as you all deal with Lonnie’s passing. I didn’t know him well, but have prayed for him many times through the COllins UMC and Mark King. God be with you all.

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