WALKER, Rolland C.
Lt. Colonel, Retired U.S. Army
May 30, 1918 - April 25, 2013
Fifty year Sacramento resident, Rolland C. Walker, passed away on April 25. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Loris, children James Walker, Holly Walker Shaw (Robert), Bobbi Walker Whisenhunt (John), grandchildren, Natasha Whisenhunt Martin (Nick) and Kate Whisenhunt; brother, Willard L. Walker (Til), sister Carol Walker Mosher (Harry, dec), and many nieces, nephews and widely dispersed family members. Son Douglas Walker, deceased.
Rolland was born in Colorado, son of George A. and Frederica Brose Walker. He graduated from Loveland, Colorado HS in 1937 and from Colorado A&M School of Engineering (BS) and Advanced ROTC in 1941. He enlisted in the US Army as a 2nd Lt in Aug 1941, spent 2 1/2 years in the Pacific and was discharged from active duty in 1946 but remained in the Army Reserve till the early '70s. In those post-war years he graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas and did graduate engineering studies at Colorado State U.
In Dec 1945 he married Loris Carol Greene in Davenport, IA. They moved to Colorado in 1946 where he worked with his father in the wheat ranching and Farm Equipment business. In 1960 he resumed engineering at Martin Marietta, Denver, CO and in 1962 they moved to Sacramento where he was an aerospace engineer, first at Aerojet, then at McClellan AFB, where he retired.
A dedicated lifelong church member, he was also Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, member of Scottish Rite and a Shriner for over 60 years. He joined Rotary International in 1952 and was past president of North Sacramento Rotary Club.
Rolland was happiest when surrounded by his family. He and Loris traveled extensively, worldwide, but especially enjoyed family trips to Europe, Hawaii and Mexico. He will be greatly missed by his family and by all who knew him. To sign guest book and share a memory please visit www.lambertfuneral.com
Memorial service will be Friday, May 24, 11:00 am, Carmichael Presbyterian Church, 5645 Marconi Ave, Carmichael, CA, 95608. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Rolland C Walker may be made to:
Carmichael Presbyterian Church or
Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California or
Rotary Foundation, Polio Plus.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 20, 2013