Francis Russell Walker

January 13, 1929December 21, 2017

Francis R. Walker, 88 of Elk Rapids, passed away at his home on Thursday December 21, 2017. Francis was born on January 13, 1929, in Litchfield, Minnesota and was raised there.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he married the former Barbara Link then following he received his MBA from the University of Detroit. After a period of service during the Korean conflict in the US Army, he began his marketing career. His job took him many places overseas, and he was instrumental in the development of the airbag. The couple moved to Detroit around 1962.

Francis enjoyed bird watching, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Art Institute, and was an avid photographer, and was also very active in coaching baseball, softball and hockey. After the death of his wife in 1984, he retired in the late 1980's and moved north to Elk Rapids, MI, where he has been an active member of the community for over 25 years.

Most importantly he cherished his summers with his grandchildren visiting and spending time with him.

He is survived by his children; Greg, Jim (Sue) and Judy (Bob) Racette, grandchildren; Sam, Andy, Matt, and Allie Walker, Rachel and Jake Racette, and sister Kathryn Wright. Besides his wife he was preceded in death by his daughter in law Jamie and three brothers. Cremation has taken place, and his ashes will be interred in the memorial garden at St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, MI. Memorial contributions appreciated in his name to the charity of your choice.


Francis Russell Walker

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