Harold R. (Bob) Walker, 86
Harold R. Walker (Bob), 86, passed into the hands of our Lord on December 3, 2015, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.
He had been a resident at the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in Concordia, MO since 2013. Bob was born on November 28, 1929, on a farm near Miami, MO, to Leonard Calvin Walker and Fannie Mae (Campbell) Walker. He was the third of ten children.
He graduated from Napton High School in 1947; joining the United States Air Force upon graduation. Bob proudly served for 22 years, retiring in 1973 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. During his distinguished career he received numerous awards including the Bronze Star, Military Merit Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, a Medal for Valor, and the Good Conduct Medal. Bob continued to work after retirement, and retired a second time from the Civil Service in 1992.
On August 5, 1956, he married Shirley Ruth Yost. They were married for 58 years, until she preceded him in death in June 2015. They made many moves during his military career, before retiring in Knob Noster, MO.
Left to honor Bob, are his two children, Bob Walker, Jr. and his wife Lily, Karen Morris, and her husband Michael, two grandchildren, Julia Cochran and her husband Matt, and Carl Walker, his brothers Ralph, Loyd and Larry, his sisters Lucille, Sue, Ann, and Dell, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jim, and sister Mary.
A note from his children: He was the best man we ever knew, and an even better father. We are so lucky and blessed to have had him as our Dad. Words cannot fully express the respect, love and admiration that we had for this man. We will miss him forever, until the day we can be together again. We love you Dad.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 9, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, with Jeff Page officiating. Bob will be buried with full military honors.
Casket bearers will be U.S. Air Force members. Honorary bearers will be Sem Solis, Julia Cochran, Carl Walker and Matt Cochran.
Burial will be in Knob Noster Cemetery.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 10:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
The Walker family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in Concordia for their attentiveness and loving care, and to the staff at St Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.
Memorials may be made in Bob’s name to Lutheran Good Shepherd Home, or the Alzheimer’s Association of Mid-Missouri.