Charles "Chuck" Harry Walker passed away from Alzheimer's disease in the early hours of Aug. 23, 2013. He was born to Charles Leonard and Anne Phyllis Dziedzic Walker on July 6, 1947. He graduated from Mt. Rainier High School, Des Moines, WA, in 1965, lettering in football and wrestling. He attended the UofW, Seattle, WA before joining the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He was a staff sergeant serving in Thai and Turkey. After returning home, he resumed his education at Highline College and the UofW.

He was an operating engineer (Marine Crane Operator) and joined Local IUOE #302 prior to his 18th birthday. He worked on the Alaskan pipeline and for General Construction for 25 years. His Crane the number 32 (his second love).

He married Etta Jeanne Clark Norman on June 21, 1980 in Seattle, WA, and was happily married for 33 years. They were unfortunate to never have children but he loved his pet Siamese, Tasha "Ratty," and in later years his Pomeranian, Shadow "Muttley Dude." He enjoyed spending time with all his nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was a loyal son, often working on their properties as well as his own. He loved to visit the family homestead in Alberta, Canada, where as a teen he helped his grandparents during the summer, working on the ranch. Chuck was a great outdoorsman and his loved for the Pacific Northwest, especially the Olympic Peninsula, proved it. He also loved gardening and working with his hands in many capacities. He and his wife have fond memories of family and friends gatherings at their home on Hood Canal.

He retired in 2001 from a back injury. Soon after he and his wife found cruising the Mexican Rivera, Caribbean and Panama Canal, along with lots of road trip. They traveled the U.S. and Canada with their dog, Shadow. After retirement he join the Elks and the American Legion 131 in Green Valley. He spent many hours volunteering and making many new friends. He also served on their homeowners association as a member of the design review and landscaping committees.

There will be a memorial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug, 31, at the Elks Lodge in Green Valley. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in honor of Charles Walker to: Seattle Children's Hospital, Research Foundation, Seattle, WA, ENF, American Legion, Alzheimer Research Foundation or your favorite foundation.

He leaves behind, his wife Jeanne, sister Caroline Ann Walker, Aunt Rose Davis, Aunt-in-law Shirlee Bradshaw, Brother-in-law Clifford C. Clark and wife Carolyn, sister-in-law Arlene C. Thomason, two nieces, two nephews, many great and great-great nieces, nephews, many cousins, and friends.

Jeanne would like to thank the many people who cared for Chuck these last two years at Prestige Assisted Living, Canyon Valley Memory Care and the VA Hospital in Tucson. They made his journey with Alzheimer's much easier.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Aug. 28, 2013