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Rev. Marion Lee Walker Sr.


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Rev.  Marion Lee Walker Sr. Obituary
Rev. Marion Lee Walker Sr.
The Rev. Marion Lee Walker Sr., 91, of Lehighton, was born on Aug. 28, 1923, in McClain County, KY, and passed on to Glory on May 31, 2015. He was a son of the late Harry and Lelah Jewell (Brown) Walker. As a young child, Marion and his family resided in Ontario, Canada. Later, the family relocated to Kentucky. While in high school in Sebree, KY, he served as class president and played for the Kentucky Wildcats.When Marion applied for military service during World War II, he was the only one in the entire county who wanted to become a minister, so he was exempt. He enrolled in Asbury College, Wilmore, KY and graduated in 1946. He continued his education at Asbury Seminary and graduated in 1950.
He met his sweetheart, Elda Priscilla Diehl, while attending Asbury College. They were married in 1944.
Marion served as an instructor at the Pilgrim Holiness Bible College, Colorado Springs, CO, from 1950-53 and was a missionary in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, BWI, from 1953-57.
Returning to the U.S., he served as pastor of Pilgrim Holiness churches in Wenona, MD, Saxis, VA and Grotons, VA, retiring from active ministry in 1965.
Throughout his life, he worked various occupations at Perdue Farms, Crisfield Boat Plant, Diehl and Lick Construction, Diehl's Tree Farm and Big Boulder Ski Resort.
Marion was an avid reader and enjoyed collecting and giving away books. He also enjoyed poetry, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, stamp collecting and astronomy.
His favorite expression was, "You are someone special, Jesus loves YOU!"
He will be sorely missed by family and friends.
Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Marion Lee Walker Jr., and his wife, Sandra; three daughters, Elda Rose Walsh, and her husband, James, Lena Julia Meek Lindaman, and her husband, Frederick, and Lela Jewel Hartranft, and her husband, Wilbur; 10 grandchildren, David Walker, and his wife, Pat, Dianna Yeakel, and her husband, Shawn, Debbie Gaumer, and her husband, Christopher, James Walsh II, and his wife, Annette, Dawn Rohlfing, Philip Meek, and his wife, Rebecca, Brian Meek, and his wife, Wendy, Jeffery Meek, and his wife, Robin, Melissa Kraynanski, and her husband, John, and Amy Reimers, and her husband, Richard; 22 great-grandchildren, Luke Walker, Michael, Faith, Aleea and Bree Yeakel, Kaylie, Nicolas and Alyssa Gaumer, Maverick and Logan Walsh, Alexis and Lindsay Rohlfling, Taylor Frymier, and his spouse, Meredith, Shelby, Allyson, Abigail, Madelyn, Caleb and Charlotte Meek, and Emily, Kate and Kourtney Kraynansk; two nephews, Thomas Roy Henry and Stephen Walker, and his spouse, Alice; a niece, Rebecca Suzanne, spouse of Seth Jackson; and Shane Fisher, foster-child of Lena Meek Lindaman and Gary Meek (deceased) and James and Elda Walsh.
He was also predeceased by a baby sister, Marian Walker; a sister, Lela Mae Walker Henry; two brothers, Harry and Henry Walker; and a baby granddaughter, Jessica Hartranft.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, God's Missionary Church, 139 N. Sixth St., Lehighton. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in the church. Contributions in his name may be made to the church, 19235. Arrangements by Mayes-Melber Funeral Home, 200 Franklin St., Weissport.
Published in Times News on June 2, 2015
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