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William E. "Bill" WalkerJune 25, 1922 ~ August 29, 2017 (age 95)
William E. “Bill” Walker, 95, of Kokomo, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:13 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo. He was born June 25, 1922 in Cass County to Harry E. and Gladys M. (Carey) Walker. He married the love of his life, Donna M. Smith on December 31, 1941 in Howard County. Together they celebrated over 70 years of marriage before her homegoing on February 8, 2012.
Bill was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Kokomo. He was a 1940 graduate of West Middleton high school. He retired from Continental Steel in 1986 as a machinist with over 28 years service. He was also a lifelong farmer. Bill loved the farm and the outdoors, old tractors and mowing the yard. He enjoyed cutting wood until he was 92 years old. He dearly loved his family and his church, but most important to him was his faith in Christ. His prayer everyday was “God, may someone find you precious today”
Surviving family include his children, Marjorie and husband Greg Garretson, Marilyn and husband Larry Newell, and Mary Donna and husband John Pearson all of Kokomo and a son-in-law, Jim Crockett of West Richland, Washington. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, thirty seven great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren and one brother, Harry “Whitey” Walker Jr. of Galveston. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Donna, daughter Nancy Crockett, two grandsons, Rodney Alan Newell and Michael Merritt, one great grandson, Wilson Gary Rhum and siblings, Joe C. Walker, Raymond Keith Walker, Robert D. “Red” Walker and Betty L. Hiatt.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington St. in Kokomo with Pastor David Leeder and Pastor Ranay Brown officiating. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens in Kokomo. Visitation will be held from 4 – 8 pm Friday at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of the Nazarene in Bill’s honor. Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements. www.murrayweaverfuneralhome.com