Shivery Funeral Home, Inc

Joseph S. King, “the Traveling Cowboy”, age 86, took his last trip on Thursday, January 31, 2019 when he left this earth for his heavenly home.  He was the oldest son of the late Valentine “Boots” and Naomi Yoder King and a lifelong resident of Cochranville.  He was the husband of Catharine Scheffel King who he married on March 23, 1957.  Joe was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church and the King Hunting Camp in Potter County.  He was a dairy farmer, who also grew potatoes, sold McNess products, and drove school bus for Octorara.  He was very supportive of his wife and daughters as they traveled from church to church ministering as the King’s Kids Evangelistic Team. When he retired from farming, he provided transportation to the Amish community.  He was called “the Traveling Cowboy” because of his love of Gospel and Country music and Western style clothing.  He worked regularly with John Ebersol and Levi Esh and their work crews.  Joe was recognized by his Amish friends by the silver air horns on the roof of his van that he would blow when he arrived.  He and Cathy also enjoyed many trips with his Amish traveling companions.  Joe was a loving husband, father and friend.  He was quick to forgive, willingly generous, and always put others needs ahead of his own.  He loved to be ornery and make others laugh.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of almost 62 years and his children: Gwendolyn and Dain Null of Cochranville, Yvonne and Zachary Mullins of VA, Joseph and Kimberly (Haught) King, Wanda and Douglas Lapp, both of Cochranville, Jewell and Steven Shivery of Christiana, Theresa and David Foltz of Downingtown, 16 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren and 2 more on the way.  He is also survived by 5 siblings: Susanne King of Lititz, Parke (Betty Kinsey) King of Mt Joy, Nathan (Melba Beiler) King, Rose (Leroy) Saylor, both of Lititz, Linford (Mary Etta Lapp) King of FL.  He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild and 3 siblings: Paul and Merle King and Pluma Hostetter.   The funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 5, at Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 549 Swan Road, Atglen at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Lusby officiating.  There will be a viewing at the church on Monday, February 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.  Joe will be buried in the adjoining cemetery next to the stone wall he helped build as a youth.  The family would like to thank Nurse Gina and everyone at Hospice and Community Care for their care of Joe these last few months.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s memory to Mennonite Disaster Service, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA  17543.