Richard Don King, 70, rural Warsaw, died at 4:15 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1943 in Tipton, to Donald Edward and Matilda Grace (Pine) King.
Richard was a graduate of Andrews High School. He married Connie (Hettmansperger) Shultz on Sept. 2, 1997 in Nashville, Ind. He has been in the livestock industry his entire life. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm. Richard has judged many cattle shows across the U.S. and Canada, and has shown many champions in the cattle industry with his children. Richard loved the equine industry. He and his wife enjoyed trail riding and traveled the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Richard worked for Kerlin Trailers in Warsaw. He was a member of the Warsaw Community Church. He served as President of the Frances Slocum Trail Riders in Peru, from 2002-2003, and Vice President from 2004-2005. He was the Director for the Indiana Trail Riders Association in 2005 and served as Secretary from 2006-2008. He was a member of the Kosciusko County Cattleman's Association. Richard lived in North Manchester until 1985, from 1985-2005 in Huntington, and moved to Warsaw in 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Connie King, Warsaw; three children, Jan King, Huntington, Lora (Joe) King-Pilotte, Brazil, Ind., and Chris (Keri) Shultz, North Manchester; three grandchildren, Beau Kinley and Gunnar James Shultz, both of North Manchester, and Matthew King, Brazil; his sister, Sharon (David) Pontzious, Mishawaka, and several "adopted" children and grandchildren he met while traveling. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Warsaw Community Church, 2300 Ranch Road, Warsaw. Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the church. The attire is cowboy boots, blue jeans and cowboy hats.
Refreshments for family, close friends, and I.T.R.A. (Indiana Trail Riders Association), will be served at the Russell Center at CE National, 1003 Presidential Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590, 574-267-6622.
Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service in Wabash is handling arrangements.
Preferred memorial is Midwest Equine Trails Foundation. This is a new tax-exempt foundation that was formed in 2013, The Indiana Trail Riders Association board members had asked Richard to be a board member of this new foundation. Memorials can be sent to Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.