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CLETUS BERNARD WALKER JR. - COLCHESTER - Cletus B. Walker Jr., 82, of Colchester, died on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Birchwood Nursing Home surrounded by his family, following a long illness. He was born on March 13, 1932, in Burlington, the son of Cletus B. Walker Sr. and Alma (St. Jacques) Walker. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School, Class of 1950, and the University of Vermont, Class of 1956. On April 16, 1955, he was married to the love of his life, Mary-Jane Pepin, in St. Anthony's Parish, Burlington. Clet proudly served his country in the US Army being station in Germany during the Korean War, and was with the US Air Guard stationed in Waco, Texas, then in Vermont. He was an avid hunter and a long-standing member of the Addison Goose Club, serving in the capacity of treasurer. Being a die-hard Red Sox fan, he was elated when they broke the curse in 2004! Clet was never one to sit too long, once he mastered the job at hand he found something else to learn. He owned and operated Linden Gun Shop, first from his home and then on Church Street for many years, where the police walking the beat would stop in for a cup of coffee, a little conversation, and to get warm during the cold weather. He taught accounting at Champlain College, was a field auditor for the Internal Revenue Service, and owned and operated Walker Real Estate. Clet is survived by his wife of 59 years, MaryJane Walker; their five sons, Cletus B. Walker III and wife, Melina, of Milton, Timothy A. Walker of Colorado, Gregory J. Walker and wife, Susan, of Colorado, Martin F. Walker and wife, Kathy, of Colorado, and Jeffrey R. Walker and wife, Michele, of Colchester; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Charron, Trevor Felix, Briana, Hannah, Nichole, Patric, Timothy and Jason Walker, Amelia and John Sheesley; five great-grandchildren, Nina, Lace and Ryan Teel, Jaxon and Jemma Walker; sisters-in-law, Sr. Marion Pepin, Grace Frazina, and Alice Walker; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Cletus and Alma Walker Sr.; in-laws, Lucien and Florence Pepin; brother, Wallace Walker; sister-in-law, Edith "Pete" Joyal; and granddaughter, Jennifer Teel. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Birchwood Terrace for their excellent care of Clet for the past five years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Colchester, with interment to follow in Resurrection Park. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday evening, July 29, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral & Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choosing.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from July 27 to July 28, 2014
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