Mr. Lenz Leon Walker
July 31, 1930 – October 10, 2018
Lenz Leon Walker Birth: July 31, 1930 Death: October 10, 2018
Lenz Leon Walker, 88, of Duncanville, Texas passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9:30p.m. Leon died peacefully at home with his wife, Rose, by his side, surrounded by his family. Leon was born on July 31, 1930 in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was the son of Jacob Willie “Jake” Walker and Larma Odessa Tucker (Walker).
Leon proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Private First Class in the 6th Infantry during the Korean Conflict. On February 17, 1955 he and his bride, Rose, were married in Boston, Texas and recently celebrated an amazing 63 years of marriage. Leon’s love and dedication to his wife provided a unique and lasting example for each of his children and grandchildren. His strong work ethic resulted in a successful 32-year career with Collins Radio/Rockwell International. As a Class A Machinist, Leon was a member of the Local 787 and even earned the coveted distinction given to him by his co-workers – the nickname “Laughing Leon.”
After retirement, Leon enjoyed spending time with Rose and their dogs, family gatherings, gardening at home, and hanging out with his neighbor Mark and dog Zoey. He was a devoted family-man, always letting his family know he loved them and he preferred spending the majority of his time with them. Leon was an avid sports enthusiast, supporting the Texas Rangers, Frisco Rough Riders and Dallas Cowboys. He harbored a lifelong love for man’s best friend and always had a canine companion by his side. Leon regularly stressed the importance of having a dog in your life and passed that love on to each of his children and grandchildren. Leon and Rose’s current golden retriever, Rusty, was by his side when he passed.
Leon was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Aubrey, Truman, and Jack; baby grandson, Joshua; and many beloved and loyal pets.
Those who remain to cherish his memory include his wife Rose and their four children, Murray Walker (Glenna), Patricia Rose, Jill Elliott (Lloyd) and Joe Walker (Lisa); nine grandchildren including Chad, Kyle and Jared Walker (Murray), Crystal Rose (Patricia), Amber Huckabee and Robin Cain (Jill), Phillip, Madeline and Annie Walker (Joe); eight great grandchildren, including Bryce, Brayden, Carin, Corbin, Tate, Samantha, Colton and Hadley; and Rusty, his loyal sidekick.
Leon was loved dearly by all and will be greatly missed. His legacy is his family (dogs included).
Visitation will be held Friday, October 19, 2018 from 10a.m. – 12 noon at David Clayton Funeral Home (200 West Center Street, Duncanville, Texas), followed by a graveside service at 1p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
- Visitation Friday, October 19, 2018
- Graveside Service Friday, October 19, 2018
Mr. Lenz Leon Walker
November 13, 2018
To my Wonderful Father (in-law),
Thank you for always encouraging us. Your belief in the strength and endurance of family was magnified as you passed those values on to everyone who knew you. What an amazing legacy you leave behind in your children and grandchildren!
Thank you for carrying us during times of need and for showing us what true love and sacrifice looks like. Your loyalty to Grandmama showed me what it truly means to love your spouse. You were a role model of kindness, compassion and integrity. Thank you for your patient love, teaching us humility, forgiving our faults, picking us up with words of wisdom, and leading us with such a generous, God-given, spirit.
Your kind words during those last days, as you shared how blessed you were and what a great family and life you had, meant so much and will echo in my memories for years to come. I am proud to be your daughter in law.
October 19, 2018
Thoughts of comfort and condolences to the grieving family.
Prayers to all in this time of need.
Rest in peace.
SSG Kevin Lewis
US Army, Retired
Diana Walker Mills
October 18, 2018
There are a lot of fond memories of family visits. When I think of Uncle Leon I remember what a kind and gentle soul he had. I always admired the twinkle in his eye when he spoke of his kids and the way he looked at Aunt Rose with total adoration for her. He got his sense of humor from his mother and gentle nature from his father. I will miss him dearly.
October 18, 2018
It is so hard to believe that Uncle Leon is gone. But, can you imagine the celebration that happened in heaven. All the Walker brothers and our grandparents had one heck of a celebration. There is so much to say about Leon. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandfather, uncle, and friend. I know Leon loved his family endlessly. His wife, kids, grandkids, nieces, nephew, he loved them all. Leon and all of his brothers, gave everything to the ones they loved. I can only strive to be so committed and loving. He has clearly passed that commitment and love to his children. They walk in his footsteps. You don't meet many people anymore like him. He will be missed. Fly high, Leon, fly high.
October 17, 2018
At one of our many cookouts, Grandad (everyone called him that) came out to chat while I was grilling. As I was placing the patties on the grill, one fell on the ground. I looked at him with a puzzled face. Grandad leaned over to me and in a quite voice said, "That one gets cheese!" That exchange was "classic Grandaddy". Dry sense of humor and good advice all in one.
He was much loved.
October 16, 2018
I will always consider Granddaddy Walker to be the most strong and dedicated family man I have ever known. He was not a man of many words, but he was definitely a man of big action. Watching and learning from him simply through who he naturally was meant I learned what it looks like to love beyond reason, to serve without complaint, and work hard without tiring. In the days before his passing, Granddaddy made sure to let everyone know how blessed he was in life and assured each of us that everything was going to be alright. He was always looking out for his family and putting them first. What an incredible example of love, dedication, and quiet strength he was and continues to be. I love you and miss you dearly, Granddaddy. Until we meet again.
October 16, 2018
There was that time when I was about 10 and I had acquired some “cigarette loads” from a friend (the ones that blew up the end of a cigarette when lit) so I could stuff one into one of dads Murial Magnum cigars. I carefully opened his fresh box of his favorite cigars and randomly pulled one out to install my prank. It wasn’t 5 minutes later as I was at the table eating lunch and he walked over to the bookshelf and reached for his box of cigars. My chewing of food had slowed dramatically as I anticipated him choosing the right one. As he stood with his back to me and reached for his lighter, I swallowed what I thought could be my last bite...forever. I heard the flick of his lighter and a familiar puffing sound and then BANG! Dad quickly turned around to glare at me and angrily said “DID YOU DO THIS”? I sat there and looked at the devastating damage to his cigar that I had caused. It looked like Elmer Fuds shotgun after A Bugs Bunny prank! I quietly whimpered “yes”. At that point, I saw a small smirk on his face as he reached into his pocket for his pocket knife to severe the damaged end of his cigar and then light the remainder and gave me a fatherly wink. I lived another day :) Good times with my Dad, I’m surely gonna miss him.