Roderick King, 83

Roderick Allison King, 83, of Columbia City, died at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his home. He had been in failing health.He was born Oct. 3, 1930, in DeKalb County, a son of the late Harold and Henrietta (Packer) King. His formative years were spent in Butler. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1948.He served as a reservist for the U.S. Navy.On Nov. 29, 1981, he was united in marriage to Rhonda Konoloff. They made their home in Columbia City.A career long grain farmer, he also raised livestock for many years. Throughout his career he enjoyed attending, buying and trading at farm auctions. Early in his work career, he worked for Tokheim in Fort Wayne.Surviving relatives include his wife, Rhonda; their son, Roderick (Cassandra) King II; his children, Kathleen (Michael) McKinney of Columbia City, and Gary King of Fort Wayne; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn (Jan) Fleck of Warsaw and Triva (Stanley) Berry, of Stockton, Calif. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Randy King; a sister, Eldora Daniel and a brother, Alfred King.The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.Memorials may be made to New Hope Hospice, Marion.