Wayne Lavern King

June 17, 1938April 11, 2018

Wayne was born June 17, 1938, to Harold King and Marie Pressey King. He was the second of 4 children. Wayne is survived by his wife, Cheryl D. King of Tustin, CA, his younger brother Donald R. King of Jacksonville, Illinois, his daughter Cindi Sorrell of Corona, CA, and several nieces and nephews. Wayne was preceded in death by: Father – Harold King Mother – Marie Pressey King Lake Stepmother – Argie Vance Stepfather – Pearl Lake Brother – Kenneth King Sister – Patricia Boon Son – Richard King

Wayne would say he spent his childhood in more places than he could count. While living in several cities in Colorado as a young child, Wayne developed his love of fishing especially while living in Estes Park. He began his working career at the age of 13 working as a bus boy in a fine restaurant in Estes Park. At the age of 17 Wayne joined the US Navy, serving proudly for 4 years on the USS Dixie in the Pacific as a Radioman 3rd Class Petty Officer. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1959, Wayne went to work at Rockwell International (formerly North American Aviation) where he worked on numerous programs such as the A3J aircraft, the Gemeni and the Appllo. It was at Rockwell in 1969 that he met Cheryl Cochran. Wayne and Cheryl were married on April 18, 1970.

Wayne’s career was filled with adventures similar to his childhood wanderings. While working for Santa Fe International, an oil exploration company, Wayne & Cheryl spent time in many places. Starting with Houma, Louisiana, Macae’ Brazil, Gabon Africa, and Houston, Texas. In 1983 they returned to California where Wayne returned to Rockwell International to work on the B-1 and B-2 Bombers. This was during a time period of mergers amongst the Aerospace industry. Wayne retired from the Boeing Company in 2002 while working on the Space Station Program.

During retirement, Wayne became an avid golfer. His favorite time spent golfing was with his brother Donnie. They would always come home with the funniest stories about what had happened that day on the golf course. Many fishing trips were enjoyed with his brother Donnie and his lifelong friend, Hal Hembree. They had such wonderful times together and would reminisce very often about their adventures. They would always tell very funny stories about their trip.

Wayne and his friend Oren, started a business repairing wood doors and windows. They were so successful that their hobby became a job. They always enjoyed being together and working with anything wood.

Wayne always loved an adventure . He and Cheryl took many road trips. He loved the planning and the challenge of finding as many quilt stores along the way for Cheryl.

Wayne would say he lived his life his way, while taking his cherished wife Cheryl on every adventure.


  • Cheryl King, Wife
  • Donald R King, Brother


  • Graveside Service Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wayne Lavern King

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Judy & John Craig

April 17, 2018

Cheryl The Class of 1956 want to send our sympathy and prayers your way. Sorry we are so far away, but close to you in thoughts. Thanks for the memories.
WHS Class of 1956
Judy Craig

Rhonda (Pressey) Miller

April 17, 2018

Wayne, even though he was my cousin, he was always like an older brother to me. I remember I was just out of high school, and he was visiting in Illinois, he came to Quincy to see me. Wayne took me to the Patio a very expensive place to eat. He ordered lobster for me, it was the first time I had ever tasted lobster. During our big brother/little sister talk, his wise words to me that I still think about to this day "just remember if you can look at yourself in the mirror, and not be ashamed of the person back at you, then you are doing alright".

Wayne, always told me I looked like Linda Ronstadt (when I was a young woman). I will never forget my first plane trip at the age of 17 to visit Wayne and Cheryl in California.

I always loved the way Wayne said my name, it made me feel so special and loved, by my cousin/older brother.