John Patrick Walker
August 12, 1949 – June 4, 2018
John Patrick Walker, age 68, of Brighton, Michigan passed away on Monday June 4, 2018. John was born August 12, 1949 in Wyandotte, Michigan to Josephine and James Walker.
John served honorably in the US Army. John graduated with a BS from Central Michigan University. He completed an aviation management course being that he loved to fly. John was a commercial rated glider pilot. He was a member of the Sandhill Soaring Club for many years. Some of John's accomplishments were receiving his realtors license, official nest box watcher from Cornell Ornithology, retired from General Motors, Ordained Secular Franciscan, avid golfer, and just for fun he worked for Home Depot.
John is survived by his wife, Sandra Scobie; step-daughter Leslie Scobie; mother Josephine Walker; brothers Jim, Richard, Ray, Kevin, Brian, and Curtis; sisters Anona Pflanz and Mary Bonner.
John was preceded in death by; father James Walker; brothers Dennis Walker and David Walker; sister Denise Lively.
Visitation for John will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harry J Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, Michigan. Rosary will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 7 PM at the funeral home. Funeral in state will occur Friday, June 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Edith Parish, 15089 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, Michigan. Funeral mass will occur Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at St. Edith Parish.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to Sandhill Soaring Club, PO Box 2021, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 US; St. Joseph's Indian School, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326 US; and Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, New York 14850 US.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.harryjwillfuneralhome.com for the Walker family.
- Sandra Scobie, Wife
- Leslie Scobie, Step Daughter
- Josephine Walker, Mother
- James Walker, Father
- Jim Walker, Brother
- Richard Walker, Brother
- Ray Walker, Brother
- Kevin Walker, Brother
- Brian Walker, Brother
- Curtis Walker, Brother
- Anona Pflanz, Sister
- Mary Bonner, Sister
- Dennis Walker, Brother
- David Walker, Brother
- Denise Lively, Sister
Sandhill Soaring Club
PO Box 2021, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106
St. Joseph's Indian School
PO Box 326, Chamberlain, South Dakota 57326
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca, New York 14850
- Visitation Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Rosary Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Funeral In State Friday, June 15, 2018
- Funeral Mass Friday, June 15, 2018
John Patrick Walker
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August 20, 2018
John was an avid reader and when I was in grade school he taught me to list any words I did not know the definition of to look up later. He worked with me on vocabulary words with a "flash card device". John had a contagious appetite for learning and was passionate to share his knowledge. He had a great scense of humor and was more than willing to share his corny jokes. All in all he was a good egg in the long run. Love You John
July 23, 2018
I just wanted to share my condolences to all of you. I know I don’t know any of you, but I had the pleasure of knowing John at Planet Fitness. He was so kind and caring. He would always talk to me about the Tigers or U of M football and even the stats. (Especially since I had no clue when it came to most of that. I did learn from him though!) But he was very knowledgeable, supportive and positive. I am so glad I was able to have met him and get to know him. From what I read he did so much and a great person who served our country. I again am so grateful I was able to have met him and share stories with him. I am sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you all.
June 14, 2018
The Walker Family
I see that John served our country. I don't know if I knew him personally, but I know his brothers Jim and Ray . I wish I would of because if he was half as nice as his two brothers he must of been one great man. It's nice to know that there are still great families like yours. I salute John and your whole family. My condolences, sarrow, and prayers.
June 13, 2018
JB used to say I'll hire anybody as long as there last name was Walker so I guess I'm a walker. may the Perpetual light shine upon you John may he rest in peace amen
June 12, 2018
John boy ~ Hey its your nephew Jimmer, i just wanted to say how much fun i had with you growing up and learning the ways of the Walker family. You always seem to make light of the moment whether times were tough or easy going. I remember how much you enjoyed NASA , and the ionizer you had in the van that was on the dash to make the air cleaner..., when i was a young man Uncle John would come pick me up when we lived in Canton to go get a Arbys sandwich on Ford rd. We also used to shoot bottle rockets off the porch from his apartment into Ford rd from your balcony and laugh and laugh ... We always had fun together , He also was the instigator of the traditional Walker salute to the married couple leaving for there honeymoons haha lol , i also remember helping you push mow the lawn on Curtis which would take us all day ugh ... but we got er done didnt we. John would also make sure grandma and grandpa would have something special at Christmas time that they always looked forward to. We miss you John i didnt get to see you much in the last 20 years but you left a lasting impression on my life that will never be forgotten. May you ride the wings of the sky in heaven as you soar endlessly. God bless you Uncle John ~ Jimmer
June 12, 2018
Dear Raymond & the Whole Walker Family:
Please accept my deepest condolences for your Brother's John loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding all of you guys. I am thinking about you and sending love. May his soul rest in peace.
June 11, 2018
My sweet Uncle John. So many things I could say but I will attempt to keep it short. I feel I really BECAME a true Walker as an adult. In May of 2001 I was living in Battle Creek Michigan and just got accepted to EMU. My dad (Dennis Walker) says no problem you can come stay with Uncle John and I. Uncle Curt also lived in the same complex. Best Summer ever getting to know my Walker Uncle's 💓 Uncle Ray, Brian and Dave especially lol came to visit often. It was so fun watching the brothers tell stories and interact. For the first time in my life I felt what family love meant. These brothers so very different from each other yet would walk through fire for one another. Such a loss felt by my family. Hug my dad for me Uncle John love you
June 10, 2018
Dear John, thanks for the time I was able to walk with you for parts of our life. Since we moved to the US, you helped me with honesty and always with a simple smile to enjoy soaring and get integrated into the Sandhill community. We had one beautiful soaring flight together and created the last Sandhill Soaring calendar. Many joined plans are now obsolete, however I will try continue in your legacy the calendar. I'm delighted that our path in life crossed each our. I wish you always blue skies and good soaring - now above the clouds.
Peter Denner & family
June 9, 2018
I knew John briefly while I worked with him at the Novi Home Depot. John and I both loved the telling of a good joke and we exchanged our stories on a daily basis. I was sad when He transferred to his new store but I was devastated when I learned of his passing several days ago. The best of us are always taken much too quickly and John was certainly among those. I will miss you Johnny and hope that the Load will allow us to meet again one day in the great beyond.
June 8, 2018
It was such a pleasure to have John as my neighbor. He was an amazing guy with so many interests. I remember when he told me he was so interested in the bluebird. So he prepared his backyard with little bluebird houses hoping he would have some hatchlings. Sure enough they were seen. Now when I see the little bluebird in my backyard I will believe it’s John showing up for a visit. He also had so many wonderful stories about his flying. It was his strong passion. He would tell me that someday he’d get me up there flying with the clouds. I’m saddened that day will not come. Now he can fly and soar with the almighty. He will be missed dearly. God bless his family.
June 8, 2018
From the first day I joined Sandhill soaring club you where always one of the most positive members of the club. I enjoyed soaring and flying with you and talking aviation with you. Now your on your final flight west Sandhill loses one of there greatest assets for you will be missed at beautiful Richmond airport. Captain Evan Davis Delta Airlines
June 7, 2018
It’s me, Anona, your older sister. You know #2 of 12. As you are #3 we spent a great deal of time together, especially growing up and I have some absolutely incredible memories. Some of my more recent memories of the amazing glider ride with you, the wonderful glider ride you provided for my oldest grandson Keenan and our relaxing fun time together in Minnesota provides me with such fond memories. My mind and my heart are having a hard time accepting the fact that there will be no more crazy John stories and there will be another missing spot at Walker family gatherings but you will always be with me even though there is an empty place in my heart. Love you little brother and miss you dearly.
June 7, 2018
I worked with John at the Novi Home Depot. It was always a joy to see John and waited for his joke of the day. I will miss the Tiger Scores and Lions Score that he talked about all the time. I was so sad the day I heard of his passing and all the associates at the Novi Store was. John will be missed very much. RIP Johnny
June 7, 2018
Your brother will be remembered for the terrific guy that he was. He may have lived a short life, but he truly made it as exciting and as adventurous as he could.
June 7, 2018
My Brother John was a simply man and a very caring person. He was also a joker which if he asked never pull his finger. One time John and I went golfing and he wanted to show how to chip on the green and made everybody stop to watch (since he learned this trick from a pro), Well when he chipped the ball it hooked and lander in the trash can next to the green now that was funny. John always had a way to start making jokes even around the must serious situations but that is what is so likable about John always willing to make you laugh. John will be very much missed and Loved from myself and the rest of the family. May John R.I.P.
June 7, 2018
Never a dull moment when with all our Walker cousins. John always had an interesting story or two. Gone much too soon. Know it was so sudden but take solace in the fact John was welcomed into heaven by JB and the rest. John is trying to keep them all in line as they welcome him home. John like all the others are just waiting for the rest of us.
Paul and Sheila Henneman and family