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Willard E. Walker

June 11, 1929 ~ May 14, 2014 (age 84)
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   Mr. Willard E. Walker, 84, of Quincy, died at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday (May 14, 2014) in the Good Samaritan home.

   Born June 11, 1929 in Hamilton, Illinois, Willard was the son of Everett and Alleyne Earls Walker. He married Ruth J. Mixer on August 29, 1948 in Quincy, Illinois. She survives.

   Mr. Walker served his country in the United States Army during the Korea War.

   Willard was a member of Madison Park Christian Church. He was a member of Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379, a Past Master of Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 380, Scottish Rite Valley of Quincy, Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield where he has served in the office of ambassador for 10 years and on the Ansar Divan for 7 years, Quincy Shrine Club, Skeeter Patrol, High Twelve Club No. 40 of Quincy, Past Patron of Liberty Order of Eastern Star, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Liberty American Legion Post and the American Angus Association.

   A 1947 graduate of Liberty High School, Willard was employed as an operating engineer in Springfield, IL for seven years. He then began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1958 and was a rural mail carrier on Liberty Route 3 for many years. Mr. Walker retired on January 1, 1988 after 30 years. Willard and Ruth also bred and raised registered Angus cattle in the Liberty area for 32 years before moving to Quincy in 1980 where they formerly owned and managed Clara House Apartments.

   Survivors include a brother, Chellis "Chuck" Walker of Quincy; a sister, Phyllis Walker (friend Donna Drake) of Quincy; niece, Cindy Lubbert (Steve) Strafford, MO and a nephew, David Walker (Judy) of Saint Germain, WI.; a great nephew, James Lubbert (Susan) of McKinney, TX; two great nieces, Emily Carmona Andmoises of Little Elm, TX and Janelle Grunwald (Ross) of Madison, WI; four great great nephews, Austin Blumenthal of McKinney, TX, Calvin Grunwald of Madison, WI, Alejandro Carmona of Little Elm, TX and Walker Grunwald of Madison, WI and a great great niece, Madison Blumenthal of McKinney, TX.

   Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Esther M. Walker.

   Funeral services will be held Monday morning 10:00 at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Sackett officiating. Entombment with Military Honors by the Payson V.F.W. Post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.
   Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 3:00 to 6:00 and Monday morning until the time of services at the funeral home. Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379 will conduct Masonic Services  Sunday evening at 6:00 at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to Madison Park Christian Church or the Shriner's Childrens Hospital.
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