VALLEY COTTAGE, N.Y. -- Valley Cottage resident William E. King died on Friday, Feb. 5. He was 86.
He was born in Herkimer, N.Y. on March, 1929, to William T. and Evelyn Davis King.
King was active in the New York National Guard, both as a "weekend warrior" and a full-time mechanic before he started college. He taught industrial arts and technical drawing in the Tarrytown school system for 30 years. King was also a Fulbright Exchange teacher in 1969-70, and he and his family spent the year in Bolton, England.
He was a car mechanic for the Cadillac Oldsmobile dealer. He was also an active radio control modeller for many years, and was a founding member of the Rockland County Radio Control Club. In the early '60s, he became involved with Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a flying museum of antique airplanes.
King is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Jane Wilson; children David King and wife, Sheila of Red Hook, Andrew King and his companion, Julie Appleby, of Vienna, Va.; sisters Delores Swiger of Herkimer and Mary Hart of Nashville, Tenn.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Alice King; and siblings Richard, Theodore and Esther.
Visiting hours will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Hannemann Funeral Home, 88 S. Broadway, in Nyack. There will be a memorial service at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome at a later date.
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