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John E. King, 73, of Williamsville, a retired special agent for the FBI, died Wednesday (March 25, 1998) in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in Carbondale, Pa., he grew up in Johnson City.

He served with the Army during World War II, from March 1943 to February 1946.

After graduating from Ithaca College in 1950, King joined the FBI as a special agent in 1951, serving in Philadelphia, Detroit and Buffalo.

After retiring in 1977, he started his own investigative agency.

He was a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and past president of the society's Western New York chapter. He also was a member of the FBI National Academy Association.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Joan Endres; five daughters, Mary Pettey of Hamlin, W.Va., Suzanne Berger of Richmond, Va., Kathleen Varone of Reston, Va., Julie of Manassas, Va., and Margaret; four sons, Daniel of Highland Mills, John and Matthew, both of Williamsville, and Christopher of Penfield; three sisters, Jean Brady of Rockville, Md., Mary Shay of Gaithersburg, Md., and Ann Hood of Woodstock; a brother, Gerard of Johnson City; and 14 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 100 St. Gregory Court, Amherst. Burial will be in United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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