Willard R. Walker Jr.

July 11, 1931January 6, 2013

Willard R. “Bud” Walker, Jr., 81, of Collinsville, Illinois, born July 11, 1931, in East St. Louis, Illinois, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Maryville, Illinois.

Mr. Walker proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of Christ Unity Church in Collinsville, Illinois. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Collinsville, Illinois. He loved music, singing with the Collinsville Barber Shopper’s , the church choir, and senior choirs. He also was a past member of the Toast Master’s and volunteered with Gateway Regional Hospital. He served as an Assistant Scout Master, with the Boys Scouts of America. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather, who will truly be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joyce E. Walker, nee Williams; his parents, Willard R. and Edith, nee Gardner, Walker, Sr.; a brother, Jimmy Walker.

Survived are his children, Thomas Walker, Carol Walker, and Linda Walker; his grandchildren, Joel, Charity, and Daniel; a great granddaughter, Sophie; a sister-in-law, Jeanne (Neil) Lanman; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to Christ Unity Church, Collinsville, Illinois. Condolences may also be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the funeral home, with Rev. Karen Landwehr officiating. Interment will be held in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

Willard R. Walker Jr.

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Margaret (Wilkerson) Gehling

January 12, 2013

Dear Linda, Tom and Carol, Please accept our sympathy for your loss. Your family is dear to us, and you remain in our prayers. Vic & Margaret.

Kim Lewis

January 10, 2013

So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prays. Please let me know if I can help with anything.

Shelley Blumberg

January 10, 2013

Tom and Linda, Your Father has made his transition and is at peace with our Lord. He was so kind to me when I attended and then joined Christ Unity Church in Collinsville. His face would light up as we sang hymns and he had a wonderful voice. He will be missed by many. God's blessings to you and Linda as you go through this difficult time. Shelley

Suzanne Muehlher

January 10, 2013

Tom - Sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family are in my prayers. May you feel God's peace surrounding you. Suzanne

Kent Templeton

January 10, 2013

Tom & Family - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Be comforted in knowing he is with our Father in Heaven and has been reunited with your mother and they are happy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dan Koroby

January 10, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you,

Jan Warren

January 9, 2013

Tom & family, You are in my thoughts and prayers and have my deepest sympathy. Be comforted in knowing that your dad is reunited with your loving mother.

Christi (Skelly) Clark

January 9, 2013

I am sorry to hear of Mr. Walkers passing. Please know that you are in my prayers. Thank you for the time of keeping our country free.


January 9, 2013

You are one of our heroes.
We will remember you always and miss you dearly.
Take your Warrior's rest for a duty well done.

I wish to extend to members of your family my deepest sympathy on your loss.
May the force of GOD be with them as they walk through this difficult time.
May the loving promises of our LORD and Savior comfort them and give them strength.

On behalf of a grateful nation we leave our sympathy and a small token of appreciation
for the honorable and faithful service rendered by your loved one to our Country.