Tom King

John Thomas “Tom” King, 77, of Paris, passed away at 5:46 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Carle Hospital, Urbana. He was retired after more than 20 years with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. He worked after retirement as owner and operator of Axle Pro of Arlington, Texas, and later as the maintenance supervisor for the Mt. Sequoia Methodist Retreat Center of Fayetteville, Ark.

In accordance with his wishes, no public services are planned. Interment is private at a later date. Templeton Funeral Home of Paris assisted with arrangements.

Mr. King was born Sept. 4, 1940, at Peoria, the son of the late Harold J. and Marguerite “Peg” Gilder King. He married Susan R. LaPore Sept. 1, 1979, at Chicago, and she survives.

Other survivors include two brothers, Harold King of Key West, Fla., and Calvin King of Naperville; a sister, Carol Stark of Oakbrook; and several nieces and nephews; as well as extended family members Amanda, Alan, Tabatha and Logan Lantz of Bella Vista, Ark.

Mr. King served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attended Knox College in Galesburg. He loved fishing and the outdoors as well as football and reading.

Memorial donations may be made to First Christian Church of Paris.

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