The Obit For Gary King

Gary C. King August 30, 2010

Gary C. King died Sunday night at his Brownsburg home, after a long battle with ALS. He was 59.

Born Oct. 29, 1950, in Kalamazoo, Mich., he was a son of Alice King of South Bend and the late Earl King, who died in 2006.

Mr. King was a native of South Bend. He graduated from South Bend Clay High School in 1969 and played baseball under Coach Jim Reinbold. He was drafted in the 10th round in the spring draft of ‘69 by the Seattle Pilots. He attended Centerville Community College in Centerville, Iowa, and was then drafted in the first round of the winter draft of 1970 by the Cleveland Indians. He then played single A ball and went on to play in an international baseball league that allowed him to play throughout the U.S. and Europe.

He devoted 10 years of volunteer coaching at Little League and school baseball in Plainfield and Brownsburg. He served on the Brownsburg Little League Board of Directors. He also managed the 1999 and 2001 Brownsburg Little League Major League teams that made the journey to compete at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., enjoying a special time with each of his two sons.

Mr. King was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Brownsburg where he served on many committees, as a Stephen’s Minister, and past president of the church council.

He was a co-owner of Correlated Products, Inc. and Road Solutions, Inc.

Additional survivors include his wife, Carrie (Webster) King; children Billie Hayden and spouse Chris, Gary Earl, and Jeffrey; a granddaughter Zoe Mae; a special buddy, Logan Hayden; sisters Julie Garl and husband Bill of Bremen, and Diane King-Small and husband Craig of LaCrosse; a brother, Bob King of Chicago; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Rite of Christian Burial Service is 1 p.m. Saturday at Messiah Lutheran Church, 801 S. Green St., Brownsburg, followed by a light lunch and fellowship time. A private burial service will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Mishawaka at a later date.

Calling at the church is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Gary C. King Excellence in Baseball and Leadership Scholarship Fund, through the Hendricks County Community Foundation, or to the ALS Chapter of Indiana.

Matthews Mortuary in Brownsburg is handling arrangements.