MILTON – Francis Carl King, 82, of Milton passed away peacefully in his home, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in Milton.

Francis was born Aug. 6, 1935 in Burlington the son of the late Carl and Dorothy Cole King. He was married to Martha King, who predeceased him in 1984. On April 19, 1986 he married Shirley Jennings in Milton.

Francis served in the U.S. Army, stationed for three years in Germany. Upon his return to Vermont, he worked for livestock dealers A.C. Hewey & P.H. Marshall. After working as a lineman for Western Union throughout the northeast, he worked first for S.B. Collins Inc., finally retiring after over 20 years driving truck for Champlain Oil Company. A longtime member of the Eagle’s Club in Milton, Francis enjoyed snowmobiling and following NASCAR racing.

Francis is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Milton; his children, Joe King and Siobhan Andrew of Colchester; Brenda Muir and her husband, Shawn, of South Burlington; and Peggy King also of South Burlington; by his stepdaughters Robin Jennings of Colchester and Cindy Jennings of Burlington; by his grandson, Kevin Wood; by his step-grandchildren Megan Ward and Alex Doe; by his sisters Barbara King of Grand Bay, Ala. and Carlene Bruchs of Milton and by his brother, John King, of Rockville, Md.; by his in-laws Virginia and George Morgan of Richmond, Lawrence Jennings of Richmond, Rita Parker of Colchester and Gary Jennings and his wife, Brenda, of Milton as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his first wife, Francis was predeceased by his father and mother- in-law, Sydney and Emma Jennings; his stepmother, Beryl King; his two sisters, Dorothy Perry and her husband, Fletcher “Bud,” and Shirley Bennett and his brothers-in- law, Richard Bruchs and George Parker.

As per Francis’ wishes there will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Online condolences may be made at