WALKER Richard L. Walker, recently of Las Vegas, NV, age 79, died Monday January 14, 2013. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio and formerly married to Eleanor D. Walker of Columbus. He is survived by Eleanor and their children, Thomas (spouse, Dianna), Kim (Dick Kurth) and Brad (Angela); grandchildren, Danny, Thomas, and Lauren Kurth, Lennon and Sienna Walker. He served in the US Army as a Lieutenant. He was a graduate of John Carroll University, inducted into the JCU Hall of Fame, with Masters Degree from OSU. He was a History teacher and head football coach at Watterson HS (Columbus, OH - where his 1966 team won the State of Ohio Football Championship), assistant coach at the University of Toledo, US Naval Academy, The Ohio State University (5 Big Ten Championships, National Championship), New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers (2 Super Bowl Championships) and stints with the USFL and CFL. "Dick" ("Doak") Walker was born of less than privileged means, however, a chance meeting led to a "try out" and eventual football scholarship at John Carroll University that changed his life potential and trajectory. He devoted his career to the development and betterment of young men, and people in general. The experiences he gained, people he met, and those he influenced during his lifetime - are his legacy. With regard to this legacy, he died one of the wealthiest men on the planet. There will be no funeral arrangements. A memorial mass and reception will be held in Columbus, Ohio January 26, 2013 at Bishop Watterson H.S. The mass, performed by the Rev. Michael Watson, will begin at 11 a.m. with reception at 12Noon. The family wishes that, in lieu of flowers, donations be designated to the "Bishop Watterson Football Coaches Legend Endowment Fund." Interested individuals may make their gifts out to "Bishop Watterson High School," with the fund named in the memo line, and mailed to Watterson HS (attn: Jenifer Rasor), 99 East Cooke Rd., Columbus, OH 43214, or contact Jenifer direct at (614) 268-3041. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2013