Willard E. Walker, 84, of Quincy, died at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday (May 14, 2014) in the Good Samaritan home. Born June 11, 1929, in Hamilton, Willard was a son of Everett and Alleyne Earls Walker. He married Ruth J. Mixer on Aug. 29, 1948, in Quincy. She survives. Mr. Walker served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Willard was a member of Madison Park Christian Church, Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379, a Past Master of Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 380, Scottish Rite Valley of Quincy, Ansar Shrine Temple of Springfield, where he has served in the office of ambassador for 10 years and on the Ansar Divan for seven years, Quincy Shrine Club, Skeeter Patrol, High Twelve Club No. 40 of Quincy, Past Patron of Liberty Order of Eastern Star, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Liberty American Legion Post and the American Angus Association. A 1947 graduate of Liberty High School, Willard was employed as an operating engineer in Springfield, for seven years. He then began his career with the United States Postal Service in 1958 and was a rural mail carrier on Liberty Route 3 for many years. Mr. Walker retired on Jan. 1, 1988 after 30 years. Willard and Ruth also bred and raised registered Angus cattle in the Liberty area for 32 years before moving to Quincy in 1980 where they formerly owned and managed Clara House Apartments. Survivors include a brother, Chellis "Chuck" Walker of Quincy; a sister, Phyllis Walker (friend Donna Drake) of Quincy; niece, Cindy Lubbert (Steve) of Strafford, Mo.; and a nephew, David Walker (Judy) of Saint Germain, Wis.; a great-nephew, James Lubbert (Susan) of McKinney, Texas; two great-nieces, Emily Carmona Andmoises of Little Elm, Texas and Janelle Grunwald (Ross) of Madison, Wis.; four great-great nephews, Austin Blumenthal of McKinney, Texas, Calvin Grunwald of Madison, Wis., Alejandro Carmona of Little Elm, Texas and Walker Grunwald of Madison, Wis.; and a great-great niece, Madison Blumenthal of McKinney, Texas. Mr. Walker was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister-in-law, Esther M. Walker. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, May 19 in Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home with Pastor Chuck Sackett conducting. Entombment with military honors by the Payson VFW Post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum. VISITATION: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, and Monday until time of services in the funeral home. Payson Masonic Lodge No. 379 will conduct Masonic Services at 6 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. MEMORIALS: Madison Park Christian Church or the Shriner's Childrens Hospital. ARRANGEMENTS: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.zrsc.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from May 18 to May 20, 2014