Bruce R. Walker (1950 - 2016)

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  • "My condolences to Linda, Kris and family. Bruce loved his..."
    - Bill Rae
  • "He gave me the biggest break of my aviation career when he..."
    - Bill Crimi
  • "He was my first love. I always thought I would see him..."
    - Evelyn Case
  • "Bruce was a wonderful person (brother-in-law) and I enjoyed..."
    - Betty Sorensen
  • "Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
    - Marcy Poland

Bruce Walker, 66, passed away at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle, Wash., early Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, 2016, surrounded by his loving family members after a recent brief illness. Bruce, a lifelong Alaska resident, was born in Fairbanks to Frank and Lillian (Sjoquist) Walker of Circle, Alaska. Bruce's parents were Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers which taught Bruce to enjoy traveling and living in numerous villages and towns throughout Alaska including Circle, Solomon, Upper and Lower Kalskag, Bethel, Wrangell and Juneau. Bruce graduated from Wrangell High School in May 1969, and earned his bachelors degree in 1973, after attending the College of the Redwoods in California and Southeastern State College in Oklahoma. Bruce settled in Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked for Alaska Aeronautical Industries (AAI) from 1974 to 1986 as a flight instructor and pilot of twin otters until he became the Chief Pilot. In 1986, Bruce was employed by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), Anchorage office, where he worked for 30 years as an inspector and supervisor until his retirement in July 2016. Bruce received numerous awards during his tenure with the FAA, including a nomination for Employee of the Year in 1992. Bruce had a great passion for flying and dedicated his life to flying and teaching flight safety in Alaska. He also loved fishing, basketball, movies and listening to "oldies but goodies" music. In 1978, Bruce married Linda Sorensen, his lifelong partner and soul mate. Linda was his rock and support during his many difficult periods of illness and recovery. Bruce leaves behind many close high school friends, FAA co-workers and so many others who touched his life and he theirs. He was a wonderful dad and amazing grandpa and was always a kind and generous person with a great story to tell. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lillian Walker. He is survived by wife, Linda; and their son, Kris Hovila with wife Tammy and three grandchildren, the three P's: Payton, Parker and Paige; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Colleen Walker; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Bruce's life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at 2 p.m., at Legacy Heritage Chapel at Angelus, 440 East Klatt Road in Anchorage. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to an organization of your choosing or to Virginia Mason Foundation - Organ Transplant Patient Fund, P.O. Box 1930 Seattle, WA 98111; 206-583-6083 or 206-341-0484; [email protected].
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Legacy Funeral Home-Heritage Chapel at Angelus
440 E. Klatt Road
Anchorage, AK 99515
907-336-3338
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Aug. 16, 2016