Military Veterans

Celebration of Freedom panel

Joe C. King

Brick Location

Liberty Side

Panel Number



In memory of World War II Army Lieutenant Joe King, his wife, Letha, and family purchased a $1,000 Liberty Sponsorship to support the Butler County Freedom Memorial.  

The following is a statement from the family:

"We, the family of Joe C. King, would like to make this contribution in his name toward completion of the El Dorado War Memorial on the Butler County Courthouse lawn.  

Joe C. King, son of Clarence and Zana (Challender) King, was born on the family farm on the original El Dorado town site on the Walnut River at the south end of High Street.  

He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1939.  He was attending the University of Kansas when World War II began.  He enlisted in the Army and attended Officer Candidate School.  

Lieutenant Joe C. King served in the Pacific Theater, particularly in the Philippines and Japan.  

After the war, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at KU and received a Master of Arts from Wichita State University.  He worked for more than 30 years in the Wichita Public School system as a junior high counselor at Hamilton Junior High School.  Joe died suddenly in Wichita in November 1994.  


The family of Joe C. King

Mrs. Letha M. King

Douglas K. King

Marsha K. King


U.S. Army




World War II


Pacific Theater—the Philippines and Japan