John B. Walker Sr.

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John B. Walker, Sr., 67, of Tionesta, Pa., died Sunday, February 23, 2014 in UPMC Northwest, Seneca, Pa.

He was born November 13, 1946, in Ford City, a son of Samuel George and Phyllis (Shick) Walker.

John was a veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served with the U.S. Navy for two years and six months. He retired from General Electric of Erie, where he worked for 29 1/2 years. He was a Master Mason and belonged to the Union City Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the VFW and American Legion, both of Erie, and the United Way. He was a former member of the PA National Guard of Meadville, for ten years. He enjoyed working with his computer and smoking cigars.

Surviving are his mother, Phyllis Walker of Kittanning; his wife, Patricia (Ewing) Walker of Tionesta; a daughter, Jeanette (Michael) Westfall of Tionesta, a son, John (Jenelle) Walker, Jr., of Erie; a sister, Melanie Shaffer of Kittanning; a brother, Dennis Walker of Kittanning; and his grandchildren, Brea Walker, Tricia Westfall, Isabella Walker, Sophia Walker and Bentley Walker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel George Walker; brothers, Samuel Walker, Jr., and Vince Walker and his wife Beverly; a sister, Sandra Johnson; a grandson, Cole Walker; a brother-in-law, Jack Shaffer; and a nephew, John J. Johnson.

Friends will be welcomed from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, in the Welch Funeral Home, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, February 27, with Mr. Lloyd Riggle, C.R.E., officiating. Interment will follow in Lawn Haven Burial Estates. To send an online condolence, please visit

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Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 25, 2014
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