Richard Bates King

October 29, 1945 - November 3, 2023

10/29/1945 - 11/03/2023

Past Services

Thursday November 16, 2023
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel
118 Grant Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041
304-845-4560 | Directions
Thursday November 16, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel
118 Grant Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041
304-845-4560 | Directions

Richard Bates King, known best as Rich, passed away on November 3, 2023, at WVU Medicine, Wheeling Hospital, after a long illness. He was born on October 29, 1945, in Martins Ferry, OH.

Rich, at the age of 78, leaves behind a legacy of dedication, faith and hard work. He was an Operations Manager for Allegheny Energy and former co-owner of Uniquely Yours Gift Shop. Rich was a Catholic by Faith and was grateful for the visits he had with Father Cyprian.

Devoted to his community, Rich was an active member of several organizations. He attended and participated in Knights of Columbus Father Flanigan Council, 1907, UMAC-Uptown Moundsville Activities Committee, VFW Post 437, American Legion Post 3, and Eagles Aerie 499, Moundsville.

Rich proudly served his country as a Vietnam War Veteran in the United States Air Force. His bravery and sacrifice during his military service will always be remembered and honored.

Preceding Rich in death were his parents, Web and Blanche (Wheatley) King. He is survived by his loving wife, Terri (Kestner) King, son Kevin (Dianthus) King, daughter Teann (Dan Smith) King, and his stepdaughter Ashley (Chris) Bowie. Rich also leaves behind his cherished grandchildren Gabriel Boggs, Rowan King, Declan King, Zoe King, Brynn Bowie, and Brady Bowie.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 2:00pm until time of the Service of Christian Burial at 4:00pm with Father Cyprian as Celebrant accompanied with full Veteran Honors. It is a testament to his character and the impact he had on others that his memory will be commemorated in such a special way.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad for their unwavering support and assistance throughout Rich and Terri’s journey the last few years. Their dedication and readiness to help were deeply appreciated during this difficult time.

Rich touched the lives of many, leaving behind cherished memories and a lasting impression. He will be dearly missed by family, friends, and all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

I lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Bethlehem Volunteer Fire Dept and Emergency Squad in Rich’s memory by clicking the links above.

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Marva J Woody
3 months ago

Terri, Kevin & TeAnn
So sorry to hear of Rich’s passing.
Not only was Rich my boss at Mountaineer Gas, he was my FRIEND.
He will truly be missed.
My Deepest condolences to the family.
Hugs & Prayers!

Jeff McMahon
3 months ago

Terri, I just found out about Rich passing. He has been missed for a while now! I used to enjoy the back and forth with Rich about meeting you first and of all places, in another country. I truly enjoyed volunteering with Rich when the traveling wall came to town. My heart breaks for you and the family! Hugs and prayers!

Joyce Fromhart-Harrigan
3 months ago

Terri, I’m so very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. You and all the family will be in my prayers. He was a true gentleman!

Lori Kestner
3 months ago

Terri our hearts go out to you dear cousin. He was a true hero

Daniel R. Whorton
3 months ago

Rich was my supervisor at Mountaineer Gas for many years. He was the boss of bosses! He knew his job and was looked upon as a valuable resource by all in the industry. He was fair, honest, and approachable. He truly cared!

Thoughts & Prayers

Denise and Larry Freland
3 months ago

Rich is a wonderful part of our memories that we will never forget. He was the greatest example of a true gentleman, A testament to his character was everything he did for others. The world is truly a better place because he was in it. Many prayers and love Terri and peace to all who loved him.

Mary Holpp
3 months ago

Terri and family
So sorry to hear of Rich passing. Sending much love and prayers. Rich was truly a great friend.

Therese Overholt
3 months ago

Terri and Family
Sorry to hear about Rich passing! Sending prayers to you all! He was a great and kind man!

Denny Philipps
3 months ago

Rich was truly one of the nicest persons I have ever known. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone and was such a great asset to the community. Thank you Rich for the opportunity to know you. Rest in peace my friend and fellow Knight.

Dennis R Albaugh
3 months ago

My sincere and humble condolences to the family and friends of Rich. Denny Albaugh