Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. at Vienna First United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Meeks officiating. Burial, with military flag presentation accorded by the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail, will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.
Born June 20, 1923 in Grantsburg, Mr. Walker was baptized at an early age by the Grantsburg Baptist Church. Following his marriage, however, he spent many years as a member of Vienna First United Methodist Church, where he had served several terms as Sunday school superintendent. Additionally, he served in various other positions within the church through the years.
Mr. Walker was a U. S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He formerly served as the commander of the Harry Sullins American Legion Post and Quartermaster of the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post, both in Vienna.
Mr. Walker’s first business venture was in the retail hardware business in Vienna. He hosted Vienna On The Air for 17 years on WMOK radio.
Mr. Walker also served as manager of the Grand Theater in Vienna for a period of time.
Later business ventures included the construction of the Vienna IGA grocery store as well as the Vienna Dairy Queen, which the family owned and operated for many years.
Mr. Walker also was employed as a salesman and later sales manager for the Frank Thornber Co.
He was also a past president of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Vienna Kiwanis Club. He headed the committee which developed the Vienna ballpark.
Mr. Walker was active in Republican politics in Johnson County for many years. He served as county clerk and recorder from 1962-66 and then again from 1970-74.
He was a 66-year member of Vienna Masonic Lodge 150 AF&AM.
Survivors include one son, Gregory Walker and wife Leigh Anne of Woodstock; one daughter, Jill Meyer and husband Charles of St. Louis, Mo.; four grandchildren, Julie Schellman and husband Chris of Denver, Colo., Haley Walker of Woodstock and Jennifer Meyer and Jamie Meyer, both of St. Louis; one great-grandson, Christopher Walker Schellman of Denver; and one sister, Margaret Price of Metropolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Minnie Trovillion Walker; his wife of 50 years, Ruth Casper Walker; and two brothers, Wade Walker and D’Anson “Dee” Walker.
Memorials may be made to Vienna First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, IL 62995; or to Lourdes Hospice, P.O. Box 7100, Paducah, KY 42002-7100.
Bailey Funeral Home of Vienna is in charge of arrangements.