King Edmund ThoelkeKing Edmund Thoelke was born on April 23, 1919 to John and Esther (King) Thoelke in White, SD. He lived and was raised in White as he attended White Elementary School and graduated from White High School. King was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in White. He attended Sioux Falls College for one year before being called back to White to help his father in the family business at The Farmers Store. In 1942, King married Margery Humphrey. He and Margery were the happy parents of two boys, Frederick King and Dennis Humphrey Thoelke.
King was called to the US Army OCS training in 1942. He served in World War II in the 106th Reconnaissance Calvary Battalion, 6th army, under General Patton and entered the European theatre, landing at Normandy on D+15. He ended his tour of duty as Captain in the Calvary Division that was instrumental in freeing King Leopold in Austria in January 1946. He received a silver star, purple heart with an oak cluster, six bronze stars and many other medals of commendation for his time in service.