William E.'s Story

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William E. "Bill" Walker, 95, Kokomo, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 10:13 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at St. Vincent 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, Dec. 31, 1941, in Howard County. Together they celebrated over 70 years of marriage before her homegoing on Feb. 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 of 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, West Richland, Washington. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harry "Whitey" Walker Jr., 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 at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington St., Kokomo, with Pastor David Leeder and Pastor Ranay Brown officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden in Kokomo. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. 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.
Published on August 30, 2017
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