Gerald James Walker
December 31, 1938 – May 17, 2019
WALKER, Gerald James (Wacker) –
Passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019 in Spokane, WA. Jerry was born to Jacob and Katie (Wacker) Walker on December 31, 1938 in Odessa, WA. He was baptized into the Christian faith in 1940 and was a member of the United Congregational church and Christ Lutheran Church in Odessa. Jerry graduated from Odessa High School in 1957 and Kinman Business University in 1959. He served in the Air National Guard from 1959 to 1965. He married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Hemmerling in 1960. Jerry started work as an accountant at the Odessa Trading Company in 1960 and served as general manager from 1970 till his retirement in 1998. He had many friends in the grain and machinery business. He served on the Board of Directors of The Northwest Feed and Grain Assoc. and in 1984 was honored as manager of one of the top fifty International Harvester Dealerships in the world. Jerry loved golf, fishing, hunting and previously belonged to the Remote Control Airplane Club in Moses Lake, WA. He was a past member of the Odessa Fire Dept., past President of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce and a charter member and past President of the Odessa Golf Club, member of the Painted Hills Men’s Golf Club and Inland Empire Senior’s Golf Assoc. and past President of the Greens Association and was a member of the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene. Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 yrs. Kathy Walker, two sons Joel (Kim) Walker and Ryan (Clarissa) Walker along with his six grandchildren Kendall, Jake, Ben, Savanna, Anyssa and Cheyenne. His sister-in-laws Twila (Barry) Heimbigner and Pam (Kirk) Bacon and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his four brothers David, Alvin, Wesley and Richard and his three sisters Ruth, Florence and Bernice. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on July 13 at 11:00 am, 2019 at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene at 15515 E. 20th Avenue; Spokane Valley, WA 99037. Memorial contributions may be made to Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Walker family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.
Celebration of Life
Spokane Valley Church of The Nazarene
15515 E. 20th Avenue
Gerald James Walker
June 10, 2019
Dear Kathy and the Walker family; We are so sorry to hear Jerry has passed away. We loved our time together, when Jerry was Manager of Odessa Trading Co. in Odessa, and Paul was Manager in Moses Lake. Jerry found fun everywhere and took that love of life and humor with him, into every aspect of life. He knew how to make everyone feel special, and never lost his unselfish & caring manner. His family, and large assortment of friends will miss his gentle spirit, determination, and strength; an all to rare combination. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are sad to have to miss Jerry's memorial. Hugs and love to you all!! Cathy & Paul Kersey
June 4, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember the kindness your family expressed toward me, even after relocating, and for the love and friendship and concern for my well-being. Because of your family, I was able to build a life beyond what "was"...in extreme gratitude.
In my own experience of losing a beloved spouse, I know there truly are no words to soothe your pain. I will pray for you and hope that your deep faith will help to pick you up on the dark days. Jerry will live on in your heart. Just close your eyes and look for that smile of his and he'll warm your soul.
I love you all! Blessings!