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John R. King, Jr.

John R. King, Jr., 63, passed away at home in Champaign at 8:20 a.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.

John was born Aug. 6, 1955, in Beaufort, South Carolina, a son of John R. King, Sr. and Charlotte (Bouck) King. They preceded him in death.

John married Kathy Hinrichs on Sept. 15, 1984, in Champaign. She survives.

Other survivors include two brothers, James and Jeff King, both of Charleston, Ill.

Mr. King was a well-known roofing contractor in this area, the proud owner of his own business. Prior to John’s roofing company, he was a long-time car salesman working at dealerships in Champaign, Danville, and Bloomington.

He enjoyed his Harley-Davidson motorcycles, as well as restoring trucks.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


John was doing roofing on a window job I was doing. I was talking to him and mentioned I needed to get a lift to trim my trees. He said he let his friends use his lift for nothing. I asked how much he would charge me to use it and he said "I told you my friends use it for free. You're my friend"

That was John. I'll miss giving him a hard time. After I got through the wall he had around him, I found a really nice guy. 

I'm very sorry for your loss.

Robert Barcus


I worked for John for about a year or so at one point. And while he could be pretty hard nosed with some we seemed to get along fairly well. Basically put he gave me a job when I couldn't find another contractor hiring. That was when I really first got in the trades so that experience has been helpful in me building my career. So it is a sad loss for me. My deepest condolences go out to the entire king family.

Jesse Harris

I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to all during this difficult time. Katie, please let me know if you need anything.

Jan Dedrick

Over the years John has proven to be a good friend to me and my family. He was a hard worker and a generous friend to us. We will miss him a lot. Our condolences to the family

Stella Harvey


i worked with John for several years at Courtesy Ford in Danville.
his customers really liked him. I would agree if John liked you he would do anything he could to help you.

My condolances to Kathy and family.

Bill Dugas


John could be quite the Entertaining Man always giving you grief about something, loud, and telling stories.

He always had a big smile on his face most of the time.
I'm sure he was a hard worker.

Thoughts and prayers at your time of loss going to the family.

Sandra McCabe
McCabe Brothers, Inc.

John was one of my first cousins; I knew him always as Johnny. He was the life of the party at our family reunions. Yes, he had quite the outer exterior, but John had a heart of gold. He and Katie came through the pouring rain over 2 hours to my dad's funeral over a year ago. His vehicle failed that evening so he had to return home in my dad's car (it was a little Kia); my dad would have loved that story. It was returned polished and shined. That was Johnny. I'd like to think he and Dad have now shared that story. He'll be missed! 
Love to you, Katie, and sincere condolences.

Lori Gill


John could be a rough, tough guy, but if he liked you, he was a big teddy bear. John did a lot of work for me down thru the years, and we became friends. I am going to miss that old rough, tough Teddy Bear

Terry Casino!