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1920 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Passed away on January 31, 2017, at Valley Eldercare Center in Grand Forks, ND. His beloved wife, Frances Louise (Nafe) Walker whom he missed greatly, passed away on September 3, 2016. Their living children, James H. Walker (Anne), Katherine W. Laramie (Russ) and Richard N. Walker (Jamie) remember him as a caring father, affable gentleman and a good role model. Their disabled son, Robert, passed away in 1968. Born September 22, 1920, in Fillmore, Ventura, CA to James Harmon Walker and Ramona (Guiberson) of Bardsdale, CA. Jim attended Stanford University, graduating in 1942 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a newly minted Engineer he was hired by General Electric and worked on marine turbine engines. In 1943, fearing the war would pass him by, he joined the Navy as an Ensign and was initially assigned to shipbuilding. Finally, in 1945 he was assigned to a cruiser and went on to serve along the Chinese coast between Shanghai and Hong Kong. After the war he worked for GE in Pittsfield, MA before joining a division of US Steel near San Francisco in 1950. It was in a San Francisco boarding house that Jim met Fran. Married in 1952 in her hometown of Indianapolis, IN, they settled in San Francisco where their sons, James and Robert (deceased) were born. Jim was proud to see the future of computers early and promoted their use in modernizing steel mills. The family moved to Pittsburgh, PA when he was transferred to US Steel's Production Planning department at their headquarters there. Katherine and Richard were born there and grew up in a suburb called Fox Chapel. Jim remained with US Steel until his retirement in 1980. During his retirement and between tennis tournaments, Jim researched family genealogy including maternal lines and after eight or so years self-published a book titled "The Walker Family -Some Descendants of Samuel Walker (1615-1684)" in 1990. After moving to Laguna Hills, CA (Leisure World), he expanded his genealogy research into the times, events, and people influencing our ancestors, providing context for their life stories. His collection of stories is left for his family to prepare for publication and continued research. Finally, 2014 as a part of the "Warrior Words" project sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council, Jim was given the key to the City of Grand Forks and expanded his portion into a complete book on his experiences during World War II, a treasure to his family. James leaves behind in addition to his children, seven grandchildren; and four great- grandchildren who will miss hearing him tell stories of his life and those of our ancestors. His books and written stories will have to suffice. Memorial Service 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 in First Presbyterian Church, 5555 South Washington Street, Grand Forks, ND. Family Greeting will be held one hour prior to the service in the church on Saturday. Inurnment First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. The online memorial registry may be signed at www.norman funeral.com. THE HISTORIC NORMAN FUNERAL HOME, Grand Forks, ND.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2017
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