James Allen Walker was born in Bozeman on May 31, 1939, to Harry S. and Alma (Hinsen) Walker. He passed away at his home in Ennis on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. He had suffered 10 long months with a brain tumor. He fought such a courageous battle and we will miss him so.
Jim attended local grade schools and graduated from Gallatin County High School in 1957. He joined the Montana National Guard before graduating from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of 1957.
He married Lorelyn Marshall in Bozeman in 1958, and together they made their first home in Arlington , Va., where Jim was stationed at Fort Myer and was a member of the prestigious Honor Guard Company at Arlington National Cemetery for almost two years.
After returning to Bozeman, he was self-employed in the trucking business before his employment with the Montana Highway Department which lasted 29 years. In 1977 he transferred to Ennis and was the maintenance supervisor there until his retirement in 1993.
Jim loved his hunting and fishing and keeping his wife happy with a lot of camping. He was proud of his successful annual elk hunt and could tell you almost exactly where each elk was that he shot during the past 59 years. Fishing down the Madison in his drift boat was a joy, and his number one pleasure was trolling with Lorelyn on Wade Lake.
The past 10 winters were spent at their home in Yuma, Ariz. Jim so enjoyed the warm Arizona sunshine in place of plowing snow which he did for so many years.
Jim's five grandchildren were a special delight, and he was involved in their lives as much as he could be. Of course, if you were a hunter or fisherman, there was more time to be spent with Grandpa!
Jim loved watching the stock market daily, and certainly enjoyed his politics.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Alma Walker; his in-laws, Loren and Leolyn Marshall; nephews, Mark Walker and Mike Walker; and niece, Kathy Ludwig.
Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lorelyn; son, Tom of Bozeman; daughter, Tammi (Lenny) Dour of Roseburg, Ore.; daughter, Sherry (Curt) Pendleton of Dillon; grandchildren: Kristen (Jack) Thomas of Boise, Idaho, Matthew (Danielle) Dooley of Roseburg, Ore., Marshall Walker of Pony/Bozeman, Pierce and Josee Pendleton of Dillon; and his first great-grandson which will be born in November in Boise. Surviving brothers are Harry (Jeanette) Walker of Mesa, Ariz., Charles (Charlotte) Walker of Craig, and Dan (Helen) Walker of Billings. Three nieces also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 28, at Madison Valley Presbyterian Church in Ennis, with the Rev. Jean Johnson officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Madison Valley Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 993, Ennis, MT 59729; Madison Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 125, Ennis, MT 59729; the Gallatin Valley Historical Society, 317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715; or to the charity of choice.
The family wishes to thank very much Dr. Tim Adams and his staff, and the Hospice of Southwest Montana for their excellent care and compassion.
K&L Mortuaries of Ennis is assisting with arrangements.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2011