Elwood Chase King 1917 - 2012
Elwood Chase King, 94, a longtime time Butler County farmer and rancher, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. A Celebration of Life service was held Friday, March 30, at the First United Methodist Church in El Dorado. Interment followed at McGill Cemetery in Potwin.
Elwood was born June 30, 1917, at St. Luke’s Hospital in El Dorado, the son of Merton and Margaret (Chase) King. He was united in marriage to Nola Neuman in 1943 in Whitewater. In 1972, he married Erma Dealy in El Dorado.
Elwood attended schools in Potwin and graduated with the Class of 1935. He also attended El Dorado Junior College and graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State A&M with a degree in animal husbandry. While at K-State, he was a member of the livestock judging team. He cared very much about the community he lived in and served on the Plum Grove Township Board, Potwin and Remington School Boards, the District Soil Conservation and Whitewater Watershed Boards, and he represented northwest Butler County in school consolidation planning. He was a member of the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society and the Butler County Historical Society, where he served on the board of trustees and as a volunteer.
Elwood held memberships in the First United Methodist Church, the Lions Club, Patmos Masonic Lodge No. 97 A.F. & A.M., the Wichita Consistory, Midian Shrine and Knife and Fork Club. He was a faithful member of his church and helped raise funds for the Lord’s Acre Program. When he was 65, he secured his real estate license. He loved to read and collect rocks of all kinds.
Surviving family include: one son, Joseph Elwood and wife Cille King, and two daughters, Sarah Couch and Christine King, all of Lawrence; two brothers, Willard King of Potwin, Charles King of Tucson, Ariz.; and grandchildren, Zachary King and Alison King. He was preceded in death by his wives; one brother, Robert; and a sister, Eleanor.
The family suggests memorials to either First United Methodist Church or the Wichita Consistory Reading Program. Contributions may be made to the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home. Please share a memory of Elwood at kirbymorrisfuneralhome.com.