1/23/2023 9:57:00 AM Memorial service for Gerald King Jan. 23 in Spring Valley
Gerald G. King, 86, a lifelong Spring Valley area farmer, died on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 of natural causes at the Spring Valley Care Center where he had been a resident since 2021. Gerald Garfield King was born on Sept. 12, 1936 in Spring Valley Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota to Garfield and Beulah (Tabor) King. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school and began farming with his family. Gerald was married on Feb. 19, 1972 in Minneapolis to Ruth M. Jungblut. The couple lived on the King family farm where they raised their daughters and made their home for a number of years. Gerald farmed and lived on his family farm for over 65 years. He moved into Spring Valley to live with his daughter and granddaughter in 2016. Ruth was a farmwife and homemaker. Mrs. King died on Dec. 8, 2020. Gerald was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley. He enjoyed watching westerns on TV and time spent with his family. Gerald is survived by two daughters, Grace King (Tiburico Hernadez) of Rochester, and Wanda King and her daughter, Julie, of Spring Valley; two sisters and one brother, Lois Butturff (Pat) Bowron of Rochester, Robert (Janet) King of Pine Island, and Joyce Butturff of Rochester; nieces and nephews; and seven grandcats. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; and his parents. A memorial service for Gerald will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 at the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley with Rev. Joe Haynes officiating. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday morning. Burial and a committal service will follow at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Gerald are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.