Robert Louis Walker
January 7, 1935 – July 23, 2020
Robert Louis Walker, 85, of Raleigh, passed away on July 23, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie DeBord Walker and his parents, Bennet and Ruth Walker.
Robert served in the United States Navy. Following his time in the military, he attended college at Virginia Tech University. There he met and married Gracie DeBord. They were married 51 years before she passed away. After graduating with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Robert went on to work for IBM for over 30 years before retiring.
Robert was an avid woodworker. He was also a very involved, long time member of Benson Memorial UMC. He was very compassionate and even tempered, and had a sense of humor that could brighten someone's day.
Robert is survived by his son, Scott Walker and his wife, Mary; daughter, Kimberly Walker; and grandchildren, James and Corinne Walker.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, July 30 at 1:00pm at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh. A memorial service will be held for Robert at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Benson Memorial UMC, 4706 Creedmoor Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612.
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Robert Louis Walker
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July 29, 2020
So sorry to learn of the passing of Bob. I had the pleasure to work with him in his early years in Raleigh. He was a great mentor to many of us
new employees at IBM. We depended on him for personal as well as technical advice. It brings back great memories to think of Bob and those days at IBM !
July 28, 2020
Dear Scott and Kim, It is with great sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. Bob has been one of my best friends since the early 1970's and through the years we experienced many great times together. Indian Guides with Scott and my son Steve, business undertakings and of course many great meals together. We for many years shared our birthdays together and had the opportunity to discuss many things but most importantly Bob's and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am sure he is with Jesus at this moment.
Many Condolences and Love to you both,
Dick and Georgiana, Hippert
July 27, 2020
As a member of Benson Memorial and an usher at the early service, Bob was always one of my favorite people to greet! What a great smile he had. We will all miss him so much..
Bob & Kay Hayes
July 27, 2020
The entire Bob Hayes family sends heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Bob. Your Mom & Scott were the first Birchwood Hills neighbors we met when Scott and Tom were mere babies! We haven't seen much of our back fence neighbor in the last year, but have great memories of meals and milestones spent together. We will certainly miss both Bob and Gracie...Our love and prayers are with Scott and his family and with Kim in this difficult time. Hugs !
July 26, 2020
It was with great sadness that I learned of Bob's passing. I met Bob many years ago at Duke's Wellness Center. At every session we would seek each other out and talk Woodworking and our faith in Christ made up most of our conversation. For health reasons many was the week that the Wellness Center and church were the only time I went out. I tried not to miss either one. I valued our conversations very much. We exchanged woodworking projects, one of which was a cat that I gave him because he said his daughter liked cats.
For some reason I was worried about Bob and started checking Obituaries for him only. Once again, I will miss Bob greatly. John Werner
July 25, 2020
Bob and Gracie were fantastic neighbors. When I moved into the neighborhood in the '92 it was like having family around (Bob used to come over and start my mower for me in the early days). And the cook outs they gave for the neighborhood. I had "real" family visiting one time, who were impressed people still did things like that. And "even tempered with a sense of humor" that's definitely Bob. He will be greatly missed.