Visitation: Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Schipper Funeral Home From 4-6 pm.
Funeral Service: Saturday, April 15, 2023, also at Schipper Funeral at 11:00 AM with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery.
Allan F. King, age 88, formerly of Colon, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2023, at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman, Michigan surrounded by his family.
Allan was born on August 18, 1934, to the late C. Fluette and Grace (Wilcox) King and grew up on the family farm in Sherwood, Michigan. He graduated from Colon High School with the Class of 1954. He continued his education at The University of Michigan, receiving his pharmacy degree in 1958.
Allan married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn J. Merrifield, on December 28, 1956, in Colon. He served as a hospital pharmacist in Albion, Michigan, Lexington, Kentucky and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Carolyn and Allan had three children: Steven King of Grand Junction, Colorado; Barbara (Thomas) Welke of Benton Harbor, Michigan; and Charlotte (Loren) Thompson of Annapolis, Maryland.
In 1966, Allan and Carolyn had the opportunity to return to Colon and become owners of King Pharmacy, previously Latham’s Drugs. Allan loved his work serving the community of Colon, retiring from the drugstore in 2000. This gave him the freedom to enjoy golfing, fishing, travel and, most importantly, supporting Michigan football.
Allan was a past member St. Paul’s Lutheran church, serving in the church choir and as council president for a number of years. He also served on the Colon Board of Education, the Colon Lions Club, and the Domestic Assault Program in Three Rivers.
Allan was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carolyn, in August 2019; his eldest brother, Don King; his sister, Marlene Wagaman; his twin brother, Arlon King; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Florence and Junior Drumhiller. He is survived by his three children, his eight grandchildren, his three great-grandchildren, and his sister-in-law, Sylvia King of New York.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Friday, April 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Schipper Funeral Home LTD in Colon. A funeral service celebrating the life of Allan will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Colon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Memory Care Learning Center, 2300 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001.