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Donald G. King
August 20, 1939 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Donald G. King, 83, passed peacefully in his sleep on Monday, August 7, 2023, at the Van Rensselaer Manor in North Greenbush, NY. He is remembered as a loving husband and father, and he will be greatly missed.
Born in Eden, NY on August 20, 1939, Don was son of the late James and Eva (Gilbert) King. He was a long-time resident of Western New York, growing up in Eden, living in Clarence, Wales Center, Alden, and Buffalo before moving to North Greenbush, NY in 2016 to be near family.
A graduate of Eden Central High, he attended several years at Erie Community College. Don attended basic training at Fort Dix, NJ and briefly served in the Army Reserves. He was an aero- space technician for Moog, Inc. in East Aurora, NY for many years.
Don was an avid car enthusiast. He was proud to have owned the first Ford Mustang in Buffalo, NY. He loved to tinker with engines and anything mechanical. He also loved to travel and visited most of the 50 states and the eastern Canadian providences. Don enjoyed small planes and hot air balloons. He was Captain of the “Sea Fever,” a 32-foot Chris-Craft cabin cruiser (1964) that was a focus of constant restoration and travel around Lake Erie and the Erie Canal, having traveled the length of the canal from Buffalo to Albany several times. Always a fan of Buffalo (and the Bills), he attended Super Bowl XXVII (the third of four consecutive Super Bowls) at the Rose Bowl with his brother Richard.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Arlene (Klenk) King, his son Kevin and wife Maryellen, his grandchildren, James and Victoria, and his nieces and nephew in California. He is predeceased by his daughter, Jamie Lynn King, PhD, his brother James Kenneth King, Jr., and his brother Richard Alan King.
A memorial service will be held at Wynantskill Funeral Home (294 Whiteview Road, Wynantskill, NY) on Saturday, August 12 at 11:00 a.m. The doors will be open at 10:30 a.m.
A celebration of his life, along with burial, will take place in Buffalo, NY at a time and date to be determined.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Dementia Society of
America - https://dementiasociety.charityproud.org/donate - in memory of Don.