Published in FLORIDA TODAY from December 21 to December 23, 2012 - Melbourne
William Ivan King, 92, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, and Senior
Executive Service, Federal Civil Service, (Retired), died
December 18, 2012 at Viera, FL.
A memorial service will be at Faith Lutheran Church, Viera, FL.
Interment of cremated remains will be at Arlington National
Son of Lt (MC), US Navy (later, Capt, MC, US Navy Reserve),
and Mrs. W. Ivan King, he was born at Pensacola Naval Air
He graduated (1938) from Western High School in
Washington, DC, and (1942) The Citadel in Charleston, SC, and 1962, received a
Master's degree from The George Washington University. Commissioned in the Army
Seacoast Artillery upon graduation from The Citadel in 1942, he commanded a
seacoast artillery unit in the South Atlantic, an antiaircraft artillery battery in the CONUS,
and a field artillery battalion in Korea. He taught operation and maintenance of fire
control directors at The Antiaircraft School at Ft. Bliss, TX, and in 1950, designed the
first automated fire control computer for a Field Artillery battery. He was a Project Officer
of the Ordnance Corps development of the T-29 Model, which was discontinued upon
introduction of the battalion model (FADAC).
Schools he attended were Advanced Artillery; Command and General Staff; Airborne;
and the Army War College (1962). He was then assigned to the U.S. Army Office of the
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He was a member of the Plans and Policy Office in
the Office of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He retired from the Army in 1966.
From 1966 to 1969, he was a research analyst in the metals marketing firm, Herman B
Director Associates, in Washington, DC. He returned to work for the Department of
Defense as a Charter Member of The Senior Executive Service, in the Office of The
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was assigned to
the U.S. Army as Deputy Director of Forces Directorate in the Office of Deputy Chief of
Staff for Operations. He retired from the Senior Executive Service because of disability
He was married to Gene Kohler, a native of Washington DC, in 1947. From l963 to
1996, their permanent address was Bethesda, MD. They were members of Kenwood
Golf and Country Club, and he was a member of Thad Dulin Post of the American Legion.
While in Bethesda, they were active in St. Andrews, and later, Concord-St. Andrews
In 1996 the Kings moved to Indian River Colony Club, in Melbourne, FL, where Mrs. King
now resides. In 2007 they joined Faith Lutheran Church, in Viera, FL.
Survivors include their daughter, Rhea and husband, Howard Stickley of Palm Bay, FL;
their son, William I. King, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Clover, SC; two grandchildren, Mrs.
Lisa K. Buka and her husband, Richard, and Daniel M. Weaver and his wife Katy; and
three great-grandchildren, Shane Buka, Magnolia Weaver, and Arabella Weaver.
A memorial service will be held at Faith Viera Lutheran Church, 5550 Faith Drive,
Rockledge, FL 32955, on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 11:00 a.m.
Arrangements by Florida Memorial Funeral Home, Rockledge.