Major Joseph E. Walker (ret), 78, of Westerville, passed away at home on Thursday (Oct. 6, 2011) after being surrounded by his loving family for the last seven months.
Joe was born at home on his parent’s farm in Sunbury. He was a graduate of Big Walnut High School, Otterbein College and the University of Illinois. Retired Major, he earned his pilot wings and spent 21 years flying in the Air Force including a tour in Vietnam risking his life to provide needed supplies to remote or surrounded troops. After retiring in 1976 he became involved in Real Estate and opened Century 21 Joe Walker and Associates which he owned with his wife Charity for 31 years. Joe was a very caring and giving man. He provided financial and emotional support to many friends, family and colleagues. For many years he was the Santa Claus for American Cancer Society families, providing gifts and food along with being a major contributor to Easter Seals.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 57 years, Charity; children, Brent, Valerie (John ) Marburger, Scott (Yvetta), and Mark (Kim); five grandchildren, Teniele (Steve) Cochern, Tricia (Colin) Foster, Jessica (Jacob) Day, Erica (Lou) Walker and Zachary Walker; and six great-grandchildren, Griffin, Teagan, Avery, Daine, Maclan and Finley.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hill Funeral Home, 220 S. State St., Westerville. Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Church of the Master, U.M., 24 N. Grove St., Westerville, with the Rev. David Hogg officiating. Interment will be in Sunbury Memorial Park.