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Donald Arthur King


Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Ave., Jackson, Ohio 45640

(p) 740-286-2010


Donald Arthur King, age 93, of Jackson, formerly of Attleboro, Massachusetts passed away early on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Holzer Medical Center in Jackson.  He was born May 15, 1930, in Columbus to the late Arthur and Emily (Wickline) King. 


He is survived by his children: Donna Palmer, of Jackson, Steven (Laura) King, of Onset, MA, Frederick “Rick” (Deb) King, of Attleboro, MA, Jeanne (Jeff) Gillum, of Jackson; grandchildren, Katie Rei Canter, Marcus Rei, both of Wellston, Lindsey Gillum Denney, and Lauren Palmer Hebert (Jeffrey), all of Jackson, Kendra King Pugh (Michael), of Millis, MA, Steven Erik (Michelle) King, Evan King, and Samantha Erwin, all of Attleboro, MA, Chancellor “Chance” Rei, of Wareham, MA, and Andrew Erwin, of Spokane, WA.  Also surviving is his sister, Beverly Summers, of Wellston, and 13 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends and special friend, Jay Hobson, of North Attleboro, MA. 


In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Mildred “Millie” (Vance) King, who passed December 2011; daughter, Karen Rei, who passed November 2007; and grandchild Alex Palmer, who passed May 2015; and sister, Carolyn Nigh, who passed April 2006; and sons-in-law, Mario Palmer, and George Rei. 


Don was employed in various businesses throughout his life.  He held many leadership positions involving his children, including, Boy Scout leader, Junior Achievement Mentor, and Red Cross Youth Group.  He also volunteered with several organizations and held leadership positions in the Council of Churches.  Music was a big part of his life, as he was very involved in many chorale groups.  He was a member of the Wellston Minstrel Group, and he was a member of several quartets, including the Four Sharps. 


He was a lifelong member of the Community of Christ Church and held the office of Elder, before his retirement.  Recently he attended the Presbyterian Church in Wellston. 


At his request, he will be cremated.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home in Jackson.  Friends may visit on Saturday, from 12-2 until the time of the service at 2:00.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Jenkins Care Community Activities Fund, 142 Jenkins Memorial Rd. Wellston, OH. 45692. Online condolences may be sent to


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