Harles D. King, 83, of Monticello, passed away at 8:32 a.m., June 29, 2019 at Carle Hospital, Urbana.
Harles was born on September 24, 1935 in Vandalia, IL, the son of Harles C. and Florence J. (Depew) King. He married Georgia E. Grant on February 14, 1975 in Monticello.
Harles lived for his family - his wife, Georgia King of Monticello; children, Lisa King of Portland, OR, Mike King of Bend, OR and Laura Smith of Monticello; grandchildren, Mike Soares, Kristin Soares, Lauren Smith, Cole Anderson, Sarena Clark, and Gregg Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bob, sister Jean, and son Greg.
Harles was retired. He worked for GTE for 35 years and George Alarm for 14 years. Harles proudly served in the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division, “Screaming Eagles.” He and his wife were members of the Monticello Golf Club for 40+ years.
In his younger days, Harles was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, water skiing, and snow skiing. It wasn’t uncommon for him to camp every weekend. He was competitive. All-night Pinochle games, preferably with his beloved brother Bob and mother, were always riotously fun and full of horseplay and cheating. As he aged his energies turned towards cooking, playing Euchre on Tuesdays with his buddies and as much quality time as possible with friends and family.
Harles kept his charismatic charm and his quick wit until the end, he will be deeply missed.
A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home with Pastor Josh Bledsoe officiating and Military Rites.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Monticello Golf Club.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com