Neil John King died peacefully at home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on May 18, 2023, at age 93.
Neil was born on September 23, 1929, in Chicago, and was raised in Skokie. After graduating from Evanston Township High School, Neil headed to Yale University, where he was a champion Ivy League pole vaulter. Following his graduation from Yale, Neil served as a Naval Officer during the Korean War.
Following his naval service, Neil returned to Skokie to join his father in Armond King Real Estate as a broker, appraiser, and counselor. He served as President of the North Shore Board of Realtors and of The Counselors of Real Estate. Very active in business and civic affairs, Neil served on many boards, including that of Skokie Valley Hospital (now NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital) for 50 years. He loved the Skokie Public Library and the Skokie Valley Rotary Club, where he and his father both served as president and whose meetings he attended weekly even after moving to Chicago.
Always up for an adventure, in 1975 Neil sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with his teenage son in a 36-foot sailboat. He was also an enthusiastic member of The Adventurers Club of Chicago, where he enthralled his grandchildren with shrunken heads, the giant stuffed bear, and the flags suspended from the ceiling commemorating several of his own escapades. A natural athlete, he also competed as a decathlete, a marathoner, and a runner well into his 70’s.
Above all, Neil treasured his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Diana; his sisters, Susan Gaede and Louise Webb; his cousin, Susan Leonard; his children, Marcia King, Steven King (Melinda), Carolyn King and Alison Bastien (Helio); Diana’s children, Charles Theobald (Sara) and Margit Nahra (Kirk); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At Neil’s request, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123.
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