Charles "Charlie" M. Walker
September 30, 1920 – April 12, 2019
Charles M Walker “Charlie” went to his heavenly home on April 12, 2019. He was 98 years old. He was at his home with family and dear friends at the time of his death. Charles loved the Lord Jesus Christ and lived out his faith in his daily life. Charles was born on September 30, 1920 in Evansville, IN. His parents were Clara Walker (Beyer) and Charles A. Walker. He had two brothers, Harold Walker and Jim Walker, and one sister, Mildred Myers. They were all joyfully reunited in heaven at the time of his death. He was the ultimate family man. He married Genevieve Aust on Feb 26, 1943. They had four children, which expanded to five grandchildren, and now seven great-grandchildren. He loved having birthdays and holiday parties with his family, who have many very fond memories of his warm personality and love for God and his family. Surviving Charles are his four children, Charles Michael Walker, Deborah Walker, Dr. Daniel Walker (Connie), and Sarah Claycomb (Jeff). His five grandchildren - Kevin Claycomb (Jenny), Cara Montgomery (Justin), Jenna Williams (Justin), Caitlin Miller (Cory), and Ellen Walker. And his seven great grandchildren- Isla, Charlie, Landon, Elizabeth, Ethan, Noah, and Kile. Charles was confirmed in his faith 1934 at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and sang in the church choir, was assistant Scout Master, Sunday School Superintendent, served on the Board of Christian Education, and the Building committee for the new Redeemer church on Lincoln Avenue. He was designated in 1960 by the Evansville Press artist writer Larry Hill as “Church Layman of the Week”. More recently, at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Evansville, he served as church treasurer and Elder of the congregation. He was a strong supporter of Christian Education, and especially of Evansville Lutheran School. He was a current member at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and loved to go to church. Charles graduated from Bosse High School in 1938 and attended University of Evansville and Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. He went on to teach Vocational subjects in evening classes at North High School from 1957 – 1965. He sang base in the Evansville Barbershop Chorus in the 1940‘s and 1950’s. He worked at Vultee Aircraft in Nashville before joining the US Navy during World War II. He served at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago during his time in the Navy. He was the Plant Superintendent of Benerson Corp. He opened his own business, Evana Automation, in 1963. The company is a leading manufacturer of automated assembly systems and processing systems. Evana served customers nationwide, including Silicon Valley, as well as Canada, Mexico, Asia, and Europe. The business was sold after 35 years to Phillips Service Industries of Michigan. He was formerly chairman of the local chapter of the Manufacturing Engineers. Charles was a Life Member of the Petroleum Club, and a former member of the Kennel Club, Eagles, and Central Turners. He previously served on the Board of directors of Epi Hab and Specialty Home Health Care. We want to thank his dear loving caregivers Connie, Julie, Sherry, and Donna for their dedication to him and the wonderful care they provided him in his last years. We thank the outstanding staff at Specialty Home Health Care for providing nursing and therapy at various times the past few years. And we thank the staff at Kindred Hospice for the excellent care they provided in these last days. He wanted to be at home where he was comfortable. It was such a blessing to him and to his family to have all these people help us successfully keep him there. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1811 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714, officiated by Pastor Tom Wenig. Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Alexander East Chapel and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. In Lieu of Flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer or Evansville Lutheran School.
- Charles Michael Walker, Son
- Deborah Walker, Daughter
- Dr Daniel Walker (Connie), Son
- Sarah Claycomb (Jeff), Daughter
- Kevin Claycomb (Jenny), Grandchild
- Cara Montgomery (Justin), Grandchild
- Jenna Williams (Justin), Grandchild
- Caitlin Miller (Cory), Grandchild
- Ellen Walker, Grandchild
- Seven (7) Great Granchildren, Great Grandchild
- Visitation at Alexander East Chapel Monday, April 15, 2019
- Visitation at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Tuesday, April 16, 2019
- Funeral Service at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Charles "Charlie" M. Walker
Carolyn Simpson Stevens
April 15, 2019
Debbie and Dan, so sorry to hear the passing of your dad. He was a good friend to my dad, and came to his funeral. May God be with you and your family at this time and the days ahead.
April 15, 2019
Charlie Walker was one of the nicest, most generous and down-to-earth guys I have ever had the pleasure to know. His heart was so big! He loved his family, his church, his friends and his Lutheran school. I cannot begin to name the countless people who have benefited from his thoughtfulness and generosity. His legacy will live on through the many young people he supported in Lutheran education. These students have gone on to serve the Lord through their church, community, business, education, medicine and more. His life embodied his faith. Like his Lord who was described as "going about doing good" (Acts 10:38) so did Charlie. Our hearts are overjoyed today that he has joined his beloved wife and others who have gone to be with the Lord. For us, Charlie's presence will be felt for a long, long time to come. I hope that I can leave half the legacy and impact that this one man did. Thank you, Sarah and Debbie for sharing your dad with us. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Charlie Walker in our lives. We are richer for it. We will miss him. Mostly, may we be challenged by him and the life he led.