Bob and Joanne, both 75, returned together to their heavenly parents on the 18th of December 2020, in the wake of a vehicle accident just outside of Afton, Wyoming. Bob was born February 2nd, 1945 in Storm City, Iowa to Edward Lawrence King Jr. & Margaret Mary Kraus. He is the oldest of their 6 children. Joanne was born in Austin, Minnesota to Donald Bernatz & Francis Nolan. She is a twin sister & the middle of the 6 children.
They were married August 12th, 1967 at the St. Augustine church in Austin Minnesota. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1974. In their 53 year marriage they were blessed with 12 children; Lisa James (Steve) of South Jordan, Utah, Michelle King of Afton, Wyoming, Ann Barnes (Corey) of Litchfield, Minnesota, Brian King (Sasha) of Lehi, Utah, Robert “Bobby” King (Dallas) of Herriman, Utah, Renae Jones (Jon) of Pleasant Grove, Utah, Kari Hart (Keith) of Afton, Wyoming, Michael King (Jackie) of West Jordan, Utah, Marla Stewart (Justin) of Saratoga Springs, Utah, David King (Maria) of American Fork, Utah, Angela Snarr (Troy) of Payson, Utah, & Christina Middleton (James) of Maplewood, Minnesota.
Bob & Joanne both attended Pacelli High School in Austin, Minnesota & Bob graduated from St. Mary’s University Theological Seminary with a teaching degree in 1967. He worked in a variety of fields throughout his life ending with his most recent post as Physical Facility Specialist of the local hospital, Star Valley Medical Center.
Bob loved serving in his many church callings from bishopric positions in Minnesota to Elders Quorum, teaching, & clerkship roles in his Wyoming ward. He spent his life in the service of others and never turned down requests or opportunities to help his family, friends, & neighbors.
Joanne spent many years as a nurse & working with children with special needs. She maintained her nursing credentials through 2006 & always loved her time spent in the service of others. She especially loved being a mother, grandmother, and most recently a great-grandmother to all her children. She spent much of the last few years in dedicated service with Bob in the Star Valley Temple doing family history work. They loved serving together in that capacity and found buoyed faith, joy, & peace in their church service.
Bob & Joanne are survived by Bob’s mother Margaret King, 5 of Bob’s siblings, 4 of Joanne’s siblings, their 12 children, 53 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. They are preceded in death by Bob’s father Edward King Jr., Joanne’s parents Donald & Francis Bernatz, a brother Jim Bernatz, and 3 grandchildren: Faith Michelle Wright, Kaitlyn Jo Hart, and Jessica Ryann Wright.
The family wishes to thank the Star Valley Police & Fire Departments for their timeliness and care of their parents after the accident, the wonderful staff of the Schwab Mortuary for their loving care and guidance to the family through this time, and gratitude for the outpouring of support from church and community members. It is a true testament to the indelible impression left on the hearts of all those who knew Bob & Joanne.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon in the Afton 4th Ward Chapel, 165 East 5th Avenue, Afton Wyoming. Family and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 PM for a viewing at the Schwab Funeral Home, 44 East 4th Avenue, Afton Wyoming. An additional viewing on Wednesday morning from 10:00 – 11:30 AM prior to the services at the church. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery immediately following the services.
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