away peacefully at his home, December 16th, 2018.
Charlie was born November 10th, 1929 to the late
Clara Louise and Charles L. Walker Sr. Charlie was
preceded in death by his brother William Ward
Walker. He is survived by his loving wife Donna R
Walker, and their children Kathy Little (Tom) and
their children Ben (Nikki) and their children Peyton
and Hobson, Katie Little; Charles L. Walker III
(Betsy) and their children Laura Swafford (Sam),
Kristen and Charles L. Walker IV; Sally Gindling
Charlie attended Shortridge High School and DePauw University where
he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Charlie returned home
from DePauw to go to work for his father in the family business, Walker
Cleaners, where he was President/CEO until his retirement in 1999.
Charlie married Donna Ruth Barrett in 1956 and they celebrated their
62nd anniversary this past year at their granddaughter’s wedding.
Charlie was an active member of the Indianapolis community, holding
memberships in many clubs and organizations including: Indianapolis
Athletic Club, Highland Golf and Country Club, Tippecanoe Country Club,
Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, Director of the 500 Festival, Indianapolis 500
Ole timers club, where he received the Louis Meyer Award in 2011. He was
a member of Mystic Tie Lodge #398, a Scottish Rite Mason and severed as
Sovereign Prince of the Saraiah Council of Jerusalem from 1980 – 1982.
Charlie was an Emeritus member of the Junto of Indianapolis, a 52-year
member, serving as its President in 1983.
One of Charlie’s passions included the running of the Indianapolis 500
and the entire month of May at the track. Charlie’s family understood that
come May, he was “at the Track” where he served on the Public-Address
Staff with the legendary Tom Carnegie for over 55 years, retiring from the
track in 2014.
Charlie’s true passion was his love for his family and friends. Sanibel Island
was where he spent many winters enjoying the warm weather, friends, and
family coming and going. Charlie’s one true love was Lake Wawasee. His
father purchased the family cottage in 1942, and he has watched 5 generations
grow up there and it remains the center of the universe for the Walker
family. Charlie loved his late-night boat rides, visits at friends’ houses, and
his favorite, quiet moments on the end of the pier watching the sun set.
Family and friends will gather at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E
86th St., Indianapolis from 4 to 7pm on Thursday December 20th. A funeral
service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler
Boulevard East Drive Indianapolis, IN 46220 on Friday December 21st at
11:30am with a calling from 10:30 to 11:30. You may make a memorial
contribution to the Lake Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, PO Box
548, Syracuse, IN 46567. To share a memory of Charlies please visit www.