OBITUARY

Richard D. Walker Jr.

February 17, 1942February 11, 2021
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Richard D. Walker Jr., age 78, of Henderson, Nevada, passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021. Richard was born February 17, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Julia Mae (McKay) Walker and Richard Walker. He was the oldest of seven children. Baptized and raised in the Catholic faith at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, and attended catholic and public schools in New Orleans. He enjoyed playing basketball, and participating in the Boy Scouts and Big Brothers.

The family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1955, where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in June 1960. Richard joined the U.S. Air Force July 1960 along with his friends Rodney Lyons and Morton Williams (he often said that , it was the best move of his life). Richard spent 22 years in the service of his Country. His early assignments were in Texas, the Philippines, and Washington, D.C.. While stationed in Washington D.C. on his first tour, he met and married his one and only love of 54 years, Carolyn J. (Corum) Walker. Together they were blessed with two children: Angela and Wesley Walker.

In 1969, Richard transferred to South Vietnam; first, to Cam Ranh Bay and then to Tan Son Nhut. His other assignments were in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea. Richard was stationed in Alaska as a Master Sergeant in September 1982, when he retired. In December of 1982, Richard, was employed by the U.S. Air Force as a civilian at Elmendorf A.F.B., Alaska as the installation Traffic Management Officer. Richard and Carolyn joined Solid Rock Baptist Church in Anchorage, in February 1984. In 2000, Richard was selected as the U. S. Air Force Senior Civilian Traffic Management Officer of the year. In January 2002, Richard decided to retire. He and wife, Carolyn, moved to Henderson, Nevada, where they joined Community Baptist Church, under Pastor Sam Roberson, Sr.. He remained an active member in his church, singing in the choir, driving the church bus, and participating in men's day activities.

Richard was a 33rd degree mason and life member of Alpha Lodge No. 1, Prince Hall Masons under the jurisdiction of Alaska. He was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9978, Anchorage, Alaska, the American Legion Post 29 in Anchorage and Post 40 in Henderson, and The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) he served as Chapter and Post Commander of the DAV and VFW, 3 years each.

Richard also enjoyed his hobbies and interests. He was an avid jazz, blues, and oldies but goodies fan with a collection of over three thousand or more jazz and blues CDs. He also collected knives, butterflies, Star Trek memorabilia, Air Force unit patches, and watches. He enjoyed traveling to spend time with family and support veterans within his community. The U.S. Air Force and the Disabled American Veterans were his life.

Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela Tucker (Lloyd); father, Richard D. Walker; mother, Julia Mae (McKay) Walker; and brother Perry Walker. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Carolyn J. Walker; son, Wesley Walker (Joleen); siblings: Anne Wallace, Ulyess Walker (Violet), Noel Walker, Phillip Walker (Linda), Steven Walker (Karen); sisters-in-law: Kay Harris and , Frederica Weaver; brother in law, Michael Corum (Michelle); granddaughter, Danielle Tucker; and goddaughter, Brianna Bundick-Kelly.

A visitation for Richard will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Funeral Services will begin Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM both at Palm Boulder Highway Mortuary, 800 South Boulder Highway, Henderson, Nevada 89015. He will be honored for his service following chapel services. Richard will be laid to rest privately at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Dr, Boulder City, Nevada 89005.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Home For Our Troops , 6 Main Street, Taunton, Massachusetts US, www.hfotusa.org.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.palmboulderhighway.com for the Walker family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Cheryl Goynes

February 24, 2021

Carolyn,
My prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. I was so heartbroken when Clarence told me about Richard. I remember the first time we met. You two were so hospitable and welcoming until you made me feel like family. You are in my thoughts and prayers today and always.

Love you!
Cheryl Goynes
Longview, Texas

Paula Washington

February 24, 2021

RIP Godfather, you will truly be missed. I am here for you Carolyn if you need anything. Love Always, Paula Scott or as you called me mumbles.

Michelle Williams, WM

February 24, 2021

HPGWM Sister Walker,

May God's infinite love and healing be with you in this time of struggle. May you listen for His voice and take comfort in His Love. He is always with us, especially in our darkest times. You are in our prayers now and always.

Far North Chapter No. 4
Order of the Eastern Star
Anchorage AK

carl Jones

February 24, 2021

Carolyn and Family please accept our condolences for your loss. Richard will surely be missed by us all. He will always be our prayers.

Michelle Williams

February 24, 2021

My sincerest condolences to this wonderful family, on the passing of your brother; your anchor. Anne, I pray that God's love enfolds you and comforts you through this trial. It shook me and gave me pause because words cannot meet you in your pain only the Comforter can. I pray that you lean on God and He will grant you strength on this journey and His Grace in the valley.

Love you Lots Michelle

Clarence Garrett

February 24, 2021

Carolyn Wesley and family I appreciate it the opportunity to express my sympathy and show my love for you and your family Richard and I went on a trip to Korea to Okinawa back to Tokyo Japan back to Seattle Washington and at each one of those stops from the very first stop in Korea left career went to Japan and every place we went every stop we made there were a group of people and it was just unreal it was like looking at a at the American flag and everywhere you go you recognize that American flag and Richard had that personality that Drew people to him and for almost 40 years or maybe more I can't count good right now but that trip gave me an inside on who Richard was and and it wasn't that I didn't recognize and and was able to but it made everything perfectly clear in my mind that Richard was someone special and especially after we joined church and and begin to be committed to Christ Richard had the personality to draw people to him and it was unreal. I mean Koreans Japanese American soldiers American Navy personnel we met at those very locations and even coming back home to Seattle we we did the same thing and then we eventually came back to Anchorage but Richard was somebody that he you wanted to be around whatever he was doing was okay and then he will tell you it's okay and I just want to say that not only was he a good friend I want to say one of my best friends Joe and Richard we've always had time for each other and I thank God that he sent me to Alaska that I met Carolyn and Wesley I pay my deepest sympathy and you can always call me you know I'm not going to be out past dark. I just want to say that the angels are glad to see Richard and I just want you to know that God is going to continue to bless you and your family
My son Roderick & I love you.

Karen Walker

February 23, 2021

If I had known the last time I saw you would be the last time I’d see you, I would have hugged you tight and pray the Lord be the keeper of your soul. If I had known the last time I saw you would be the last time I'd see you pass through our house door, I’d embrace you and never let go. If I had known the last time I saw you would be the last time I would hear your voice, I’d take hold of each word to be able to hear it over and over again. If I had known the last time I saw you would the last time I'd see you, I’d tell you I love you, and would not just assume foolishly you know it already.

We love you and miss you Richard. Thank you for your kindness that you always showed me and my daughters.

Cephas Kelly

February 23, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Walker family and friends. Mr. Walker was a great remodeled and man. His spirit was infection and his love for his wife and family undeniable. He will be dearly missed 💔

James Young

February 23, 2021

Sister Carolyn and Family,
Our heartfelt condolences to each of you, we know that this life is temporary but we can never really prepare our hearts to say the final goodbye. Most of the time we don't have that opportunity because in the blink of an eye Jesus takes our hand. But Richard lived the life that said everyday "I Love You" just read the comments and you will see a man that lived with his heart and soul. We pray you comfort and peace knowing this is not the end and you will see your loved one again.

PGWP & PGWM Sanders & Willie Young

ALFRED AND MONICA MCKOY

February 23, 2021

"MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER", THAT'S HOW WE ROLLED. MONICA AND I ARE VERY SAD ABOUT RICHARDS PASSING, HOWEVER, THIS IS AN APPOINTMENT THAT WE ALL HAVE TO MEET. RICHARD WAS ONE OF THE FIRST MASION'S THAT I MET UPON MY ARRIVAL TO ALASKA, I WAS STILL ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY AND A NEWLY MADE MASON IN SERCH OF A NEW LODGE. WE BONDED VERY QUICKLY, WHEN MY WIFE AND SON ARRIVED HE HELPED HER GET SETUP WITH A JOB IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM, SUPPORT SEEMED TO BE HIS MIDDLE NAME BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS WILLING TO HELP. I THANK GOD FOR FOR HIM AND CAROLYN BECAUSE THEY MADE THEIR FAMILY OUR FAMILY. CAROLYN, OUR HEARTS GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ON THE PASSING OF YOUR BELOVED HUSBAND AND OUR GREAT FRIEND, YOU ARE AND WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE LOVE YOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH.