William R. King

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died August 21st, 2018

William R. “Black Billy” “Jr.” King, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Hospital.

He was born in Escanaba on October 23, 1933, son of William and Esther (Daley) King.

Bill attended Escanaba High School then enlisted in the Air Force.

In 1963 Bill married Eva Leach in Escanaba.

He was a truck driver for Bichler and Bosk cement companies for many years.

Bill loved to play guitar, enjoyed being in the band 2×4, listening to and playing Country and Western music. In his younger years, he had the opportunity to meet many Country and Western stars. He loved watching the Packers and was an avid football fan.

He was a member of the AmVets and the Eagles Club.

Bill is survived by his significant other, Sharon of Escanaba; siblings, Martha Miller of Cooks, Pastor Charles (Yvonne) King of Cleveland, TN, Esther Yvonne (Lee) McCarthy of Gladstone, Mildred Landers of Hillsdale, MI, John “Jack” (Darlene) Bellefeuille of Gladstone, Gloria (Phil) Griffin of Tuscan, AZ, Sharron Bellefeuille of Gladstone, Nancy (David) Amato of Grand Island, NY and Alfred (Judy) Bellefeuille of Bark River; one son, Billy (Debbie)  LaRose; and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Eva; his mother, Esther; and stepfather, John Bellefeuille.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone with Rev. Emmett Norden officiating.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the King-Bellefeuille family.

2 Tributes to “William R. King”

  1. Dear Sharon,
    We want to extend our sympathy to you at the loss of Uncle Junior. It was your caring that gave him such comfort for so long. We enjoyed seeing the both of you whenever we got together. Take care of yourself now and remember the wonderful times you shared.

  2. My condolences to the family of Billy. I grew up next door to him. He was a wonderful, caring man. He always called me molasses. Not sure where that came from but that was his nickname for me. I have fond memories of him. Take care.

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