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Obituary of Robert Edwards Walker
Robert Edwards Walker (Bob) was born July 2nd, 1936 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Laura and Walter Walker. He passed away peacefully in his home in Mesa, Arizona on March 10, 2022 after a brief illness. Bob lived in several places during his childhood. His mother brought him to Tucson in 1939, due to his chronic asthma. He later lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and Glendale, California. Bob spent most of his youth in Muskogee, OK. He would hunt, fish and shoot his rifle on the Indian reservation, where his father worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior. He lived and grew up on the Native American Reservation in Muskogee. Bob was a Boy Scout and he attended the 1950 Jamboree at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania with the Will Rogers BSA Council. Bob’s younger life was full of adventure. He rode a Harley Davidson in his teenage years and built hot rods. He enjoyed rifle and pistol shooting and spent many hours reloading his own ammunition. Bob enlisted in the United States Army in 1956. He did his basic training at Fort Ord, CA. He served in California, White Sands, NM and Thule, Greenland. He later served in the California Army National Guard. Bob successfully completed a plumbing apprenticeship. He started out doing repair plumbing in California and then went on to construction, building houses, buildings, hotels, hospitals, colleges and power plants. Bob worked in every mine in Arizona, except in Ajo, AZ. He was a retired member of Local 469 United Association of Pipefitters and Steamfitters Union.
Bob Joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1958 and served in numerous callings. One of his first callings was to be a Scoutmaster of the church troop in Glendale. He enjoyed camping with the young men and spent many hours actively helping them learn the skills of Scouting.
After joining the church, he married Karen Lee Morrow in 1958 and were blessed with four children: Mark, David, Erin and John.
Bob met and Married Nancy Bullock in 1991 and has lived in Mesa, Arizona for the past 30 years. Bob and Nancy traveled and adventured extensively, visiting LDS Church History sites, old hotels and quirky spots all around the West, Hawaii and the Caribbean. He and Nancy especially loved their annual stay in a little beach house in Oceanside, California.
Bob loved history and dominating games of chronology (Seriously, no one could come close!) He especially loved American History. He enjoyed genealogy and researching family history. He helped, pushed and pulled many people along the path of researching their ancestors. He was active in his Church and worked in the Mesa Temple for 15 years. During this time, he made many cherished friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his son John and step-son Brent. He is survived by his wife Nancy, His brother Dayton Walker (Judy) of Taylorsville, South Carolina. His children Mark, David, Erin, Jason, Rachel, Mike and Kate, 17 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He loved his children very much along with his grandchildren. Most of all, he loved his wife Nancy. He frequently expressed his love and appreciation for her.
Funeral services will be on Friday, March 18, 2022 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 532 South Greenfield Rd. Mesa, AZ. A public viewing will be held from 9-10AM, with funeral services beginning at 10:30AM. Services will also be broadcast on Zoom (link provided below). Interment will be at the Binghampton LDS Cemetery, 4001 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ.
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