James Walker, 87 - September 12, 2007
James Richard Walker, 87, of Gothenburg, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at the Long Term Care Unit in Gothenburg.
Services were held on Sept. 11 at Unionville, MO, with graveside services following at the Unionville Cemetery.
Walker was born an only child to John and Ester Walker, on Nov. 12, 1919, at Harvard.
He graduated from Unionville High School in Missouri and enlisted in the Army in September of 1941.
After finishing basic training in California, he was sent to Washington State for coastal artillery training. He then served most of his four years in Alaska as a service cook.
Walker was discharged from the service in 1945 and returned home to Unionville where he worked as a meat cutter.
In June of 1946, he was united in marriage to Reva Wanda Robbins of Unionville. To this union, a son was born. His wife died from lung cancer in 1966.
He married Erma E. Hunsaker in September of 1967, at Unionville. The couple moved to Greeley, CO, where he worked as a custodian with the Greeley District 6 School system for 17 years until his retirement in 1984.
Following retirement, Walker found it difficult, so he and his wife continued to work at several small jobs as custodians of the Baptist Church in Greeley and several small business offices as well.
In September of 2001, the couple returned to Unionville, where they were active members of the United Methodist Church. They enjoyed traveling and spending time seeing the country, according to family members.
Walker moved to Gothenburg in January of 2005, following the death of his second wife in November of 2004, to live closer to his grandchildren. He resided at Crestview Senior Housing until his death.
He possessed a desire to help others and had a constant smile, said family members.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Ester Walker; his first wife, Reva Robbins; his second wife, Erma Hunsaker; a great-grandson, Ryan Kabella.
Survivors include: a son, Richard (Donna) Walker of Fremont; four granddaughters—Nici (Jayson) Twitchell of Idaho, Wendy Walker and Mandi (John) Lehmkuhler, all of Gothenburg, and Angela (Toby) Hauser of North Platte; eight great-grandchildren—Tiana, Javin, Amber, Rebeka, Tami, Ricky, Garrett and Jon.
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