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Zelpha M. King

February 7, 1929


Zelpha M. King, age 91, of Chillicothe, passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria with her grandson by her side.

She was born on February 7, 1929 in Galesburg, IL to Herman T. and Beulah M. (Taylor) Freburg.  Zelpha and her siblings were raised by their grandparents, James W. and Ada E. “Gram” Taylor.  She married Robert E. King on October 16, 1948.  He passed away on May 21, 2004.  Also preceding her in death are two sons, Terry (Kinker) and Randy (Newt) and her brother, James (Pete) Freburg. 

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Janie) King; her grandson, J. Ryan King; her great-grandson, Karter King; and her sister, M. Jane Groves, all of Chillicothe. Two Sister-in-law’s, Bonnie (King) Castella of Alabama and Betty (Roebuck) King of California; and several nieces and nephews.  Zelph and Bob were in business in Lacon, IL for many years before developing and managing the Chillicothe RV and Recreation Area.

Cremation and private burial have been accorded.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chillicothe Community Needs Agency or Susan G. Komen Cancer Center.  Arrangements are under the care of Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.  Online condolences may be made through


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