Melvin Wayne Walker
May 17, 1947 - May 6, 2014
Melvin "Wayne" Walker passed away on May 6, 2014 with family by his side after a courageous battle with MDS. Wayne was born on May 17, 1947 in Mattoon, IL to the late Clarence and Edna Walker.
He is survived by his wife Helga Walker; two step children Manuel Saldana of Oakdale and Helen Hollander of Modesto; grandchildren Christine Hollander of San Francisco and Erika (Erik) Durrer of Modesto; great-grandchild Neil Durrer of Modesto; sisters Meredith Dudley of Fort Orange, FL, and Marilyn Kay (Gary) Weber of Palapka, FL; and brother Marty (Nancy) Walker of New Port Richey, FL. He is preceded in death by brothers Millard and Sonny Walker.
He was raised in IL until he left to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Germany he met his future wife of 42 years, Helga Walker. Wayne served in the Vietnam War and retired after 20 years of service. The two eventually settled in Modesto where he mostly recently retired from Gallo Glass.
He was someone who asked for nothing, but was always there for others. He was best known for his playful demeanor and jovial spirit and made many smile. He was always up for a game of poker and enjoyed taking trips to the casinos with his family. He touched many lives, and will be deeply missed by all of those who knew him.
Funeral services have been entrusted to Salas Brothers, 419 Scenic Dr., Modesto. Visitation and rosary will be held on Wed., May 14, at 7pm. Funeral services on Thurs., May 15, at 3pm. Burial on May 16th at 9am at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Santa Nella. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his honor to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or the
Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel Inc
419 Scenic Dr Modesto, CA 95350
Published in the Modesto Bee from May 11 to May 13, 2014