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Virgil LeRoy King


Virgil LeRoy King was born on January 8, 1938 in Odessa to Hannah Anderson King and Lloyd King. Virgil grew up on a cattle and alfalfa ranch and enjoyed school, playing sports, especially basketball and tennis, and his many friends. Virgil is a member of the Odessa High School Basketball Hall of Fame. After attending Eastern Washington University in Spokane, he married his high school sweetheart, Rosemary Self. Together they raised 5 children in a loving and active home. Virgil took great pleasure in boating, gardening, travel, basketball, playing cards and bocce with many dear friends over the years, and celebrating life with his family. Virgil held several finance positions before settling into Power City Electric, where he retired as the CFO/partner. He volunteered in his church and at his kids’ schools and was a partner in Seven Bays Inc., where he ran the business-side of the development alongside his in-laws, Win and Helen Self. Virgil taught his children the value of saving and setting high goals. Over the years, he and Rosemary traveled the U.S. and the world with various dear friends and spent many winters enjoying life in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Virgil was quick to tell a joke and give good advice. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rosemary, and his five children; Craig (Deb Ahern) King, Cheryl (Buddy) Bales, Gary (Cheri) King, Daryl (Todd Hagan) King and Nancy (John) Shrader. Virgil took great pride in his seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He was also proud of his extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins and did his best to attend every King and Self family reunion. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maxine Etzkorn and his brother Wayne King. Virgil died peacefully at his home in Sun Lakes with Rosemary, Craig and Daryl by his side on June 25, 2017. He is greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 3327 N. Perry St, in Spokane on Friday, July 7, at noon. A reception with the family will be held afterward at the church and all are invited. Virgil will be laid to rest at a private burial with his family. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane WA 99210. Online condolences are welcome at


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