ROBERT "BOB" JOSEPH KING
  • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
  • Montebello Lions Club or the Montebello Commerce YMCA
    P.O. Box 87 (Lions)
    2000 W. Beverly Bl. (YMCA)
    Montebello, CA 90640

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“My life changed when I heard of Bob's death... Much of what I have accomplished was because of Bob... He was both my teacher and close friend and I...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Robert L. Hudson - Calimesa, CA

“Bob will be truly missed he was a Great man and Montebello will not be the same without him. Bob was there when it came to Thanksgiving food baskets...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Julianna Castillo & Family - CA

“Dearest Uncle Bob, Auntie Janie, Cousins Karen & Bobby...I will always remember the times my Grandparents & I would come to visit and you would ...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Theresa Comaduran Lopez - CA

“No words can express my deepest condolences to the King Family. May God give you strength during this time. God's Blessings and my prayers to...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Vikki Martinez - Pico Rivera, CA

“The Foundation at Beverly Hospital will miss our long time friend Bob King. His support of our mission was like no other-always ready to lend a hand...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Beverly Hospital Foundation

“Uncle Bob-So many things that have and haven't been said. You were are great man in every aspect of the word. To read the messages from friends and...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Joseph Harper - marysville, CA

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7 of 22 | Posted by: Joseph Harper - marysville, CA

“Our heartfelt condolences from the Haro Family. Chiefee will be truly missed by us all. May the Lord provide you strength during this most difficult...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Michele Haro - Montebello, CA

“Dad-everyday you made me feel loved. You & Mom gave me all the tools I needed to have a happy life. You taught me commitment, loyalty, intregrity...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Karen - La Habra, CA - Daughter

“You may be gone but not forgotten. You will remain in our hearts forever. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you. I will truly miss you. ...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Lacayo / King Family - Whittier, CA

“Bob, our prayers and love are with you and your family. Your Dad was an amazing man and accomplished so much in his life. He will surely be missed. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Greta and Mike Mendes - Menifee , CA

“Bob III and family, We hope that the loving memories you have of your Father will strengthen you at this sad time. The King family has suffered a...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Mark and Rebecca Taylor - CA

“Uncle Bob I wish I had more time spent with you and met you long before we did. You were always so gracious to me when we did see each other. All the...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy Walker - Redford, MI

“We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Bob whom we still called "Chief" our sincerest condolences to Janie and the family, he will truly be...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Go Gabriel - Montebello , CA

“Uncle Bob, I love you very much. Even though we didn't get to talk very often you will be greatly missed. You were always a very special man. I will...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Mary Jo Blackwell - Gaylord, MI

“Bob you will always remain in my heart. Love to Janie, Bob Jr., and Karen and their families. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Helen Owens - Eagle Rock, CA

“Uncle Bob, I Just want to say Thank You so much for being there for me. At 13 years old when everyone pretty much gave up on me and thought that I...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: David Walker - Redford, MI

“Janie, Bob and Karen you are in or thoughts and prayers Bob was the kindess man we have ever met. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Ramona and Eleanor Neto - Groton, CT

“I am so very happy to have had Mr. King in my life, after marrying his son Robert III. I was blessed to become part of such a loving and thoughtful...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Patricia Black - Whittier, CA

“I worked with Bob for many years, played golf with him many times. He was one great guy and a pleasure to work with. My sincere condolences go out to...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Tim Snowden - Cedar City, UT

“I Never met your father Karen, but from what I read he seemed like a great Father, Husband and a great family man. Our prayers are with you and your...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Don and Joan Curtis - Rindge, NH

“Bob King Family, Your memory will live on in your wonderful daughter Karen, whom I have been blessed to know and call my friend for 27 years. ...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy Herring - San Clemente, CA


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Bob King was born December 4, 1928 in Caldwell, Kansas. The family returned to Los Angeles 2 months later. His father passed away when Bob was only two and he was raised by a single mother. He graduated from John Marshal High School in 1946 and earned an A.S. degree from Rio Hondo College.

Bob was drafted into the United States Army on November 15, 1950. He received his basic training at Fort Ord, and was then sent to Camp Gordon in Augusta Georgia for Military Policy training, advanced MP training and then served two years as MP Cadre.

Bob met his future wife, Janie on a blind date in February of 1952, while she was in nurses training in Augusta. Bob returned to Los Angeles after being discharged in November 1952. After waiting two years until Janie graduated, they were married on September 4, 1954. This year they had celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary.

They soon had a daughter, Karen born in October 1955 and 18 months later a son, Robert Joseph King, III (Trey) born in April 1957.

In June of 1960 he was hired as a fireman in the City of Montebello. He advanced in his career from fireman all the way to Chief at the time of his retirement in December 1989. During that time he was deeply involved with several associations related to fire prevention and safety.

Bob then ran for and was elected City Clerk in 1997 serving until November 2011. Upon his "second" retirement he had served the community of Montebello for a total of 43 years.

Bob's involvement in his community was extensive, his awards and honors were many but some of the most important things about him were his integrity, loyalty and commitment. Bob was a ... READ MORE →