Our Heavenly Father called home his earthly angels Eric Richard King, 41, and his sons Liam Scott King, 11, and Patrick Thomas King, 8, all of Quakertown, in the early morning hours of Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2021.
Born in Camden, N.J., Eric was a 1999 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic and was his father’s partner for the family’s business, American Craftsmen Inc., of Ottsville. With his infectious smile, Eric was the life of every party. All who met him were immediately his friends and he never hesitated to help someone in need. Eric was a passionate dancer (though not the best) and could be found on the dance floor at every event he attended; his tie was his party favor and when it went around his head everyone knew it was dancing time. When he wasn’t dancing, you could find him on a pier with a fishing pole and a Miller Lite in his hand or around a good bonfire playing his guitar.
Eric’s world centered around his family. He was a loving husband to his high school sweetheart, Kristin (Salley) King. Eric and Kristin were together for 24 years and married for 15. Kristin was the love of Eric’s life; you could often catch him looking at her in a way that made others envious. Eric was the most devoted father to his amazing sons Brady, 13, Liam and Patrick. He was always teaching his boys everything he could and prayed with them every night before bed.
Both Liam and Patrick were wise beyond their years. Patrick, a third-grader at Richland Elementary School, had a sharp mind and an even sharper sense of humor. He'd ask a million questions (even when you thought there were no more questions to be asked) and remembered every single answer. He’d have you rolling on the floor with one of his quick and funny comebacks. You could often find Patrick dressed up as one of his beloved Avengers.
A fifth-grader at Richland Elementary School, Liam was following in his father’s footsteps. He could often be found in the garage taking apart old lawn equipment to fix it or build something new. He was a landscaper to family and friends, a popular local bike mechanic, had his own traveling tool cart, and embraced all power tools. “Be a Liam” was often and always will be spoken in the homes of family; it meant if you want something done, get it done yourself. Liam was a true patriot, and you could often see him riding his bike with his American Flag attached.
The entire King family were loved by the Quakertown community and well known in Quakertown youth sports. They often could be found on the ballfields, where Brady, Liam and Patrick played for the Quakertown Youth Baseball Association, and Eric was a dedicated coach and volunteer for the past 10 years. You also could often find the family cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles and organizing gaming tournaments with family and friends. As a family, they enjoyed always living life to the fullest and created many memories by skiing, skateboarding/biking, fishing, beaching, and camping. They always took the trip, together.
In addition to Kristin and Brady, Eric, Liam and Patrick are survived by their parents/grandparents, Thomas and Pamela (Murphy) King of Ottsville, and Scott and Susan (Baumeister) Salley of Selbyville, Del.; brother/uncle Charles and wife Erin (Brady) King, of East Norriton; sisters/aunts Sarah and husband Andrew Thiel of Bechtelsville, and Colleen and husband Ryan Mimnaugh of Ottsville; sister-in-law/aunt Cheryl (Salley) and husband Andrew Spier of Annville; nieces, nephews and cousins Olivia, Iain, Charlotte, Cole, T.J., Logan, Quinn, David, Finnegan, and Evelyn; and countless family members and friends.
They are predeceased by their brother-in-law and uncle, Scott Salley.
Visitation will be held at St. Isidore Church, 2545 West Pumping Station Road, Quakertown, PA 18951, on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with Mass beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be private. The family has requested there be no media present. St. Isidore Church will be streaming the Mass at https://www.stisidores.org/ .
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Eric, Liam, and Patrick’s memory may be made to The King Family Memorial Foundation, https://kfmf.betterworld.org/donate or contributions can be mailed P.O. Box 98, Quakertown, PA 18951.
A celebration of life in honor of Eric, Liam, and Patrick will be held in the spring; location, time and date to be determined. A notification will be posted on Karing for the Kings Facebook page at a later time.
Arrangements are by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service of Quakertown (215-536-3343). To make online condolences, please visit http://www.nauglefcs.com .