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Capt William Bruce Walker

Capt William Bruce Walker

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 12 Mar 2012 (aged 87)
Winfield, DuPage County, Illinois, USA
Burial Elwood, Will County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 8 Site 2436
Memorial ID 86734345 · View Source
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His obituary from the Williams Family Funeral Home web site:

William Bruce Walker
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 4, 1925
Departed on March 12, 2012 and resided in Wheaton, Illinois.
Visitation: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Service: Friday, March 16, 2012
Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

William Bruce Walker, 86, suffered a heart attack and passed away on March 12, 2012 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Illinois. Bruce retired from a sales career in appliance, soft drink, and manufacturing industries. He also retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve. His passion in life was the U.S. military. He was active and held leadership positions in a number of organizations including MOAA, Retired Military Intelligence Officers, and TROA. He began his military career as a First Lieutenant and served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. Bruce was born in Chicago on July 4, 1925 to William Russell Walker and Marion Tillou Walker. He graduated from DePauw College in Greencastle, Indiana in 1948. He married his Morgan Park High School sweetheart, Loraine McClelland, on June 14, 1946 in Chicago and they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary before she passed away in Wheaton in July 2009. Upon Bruce's discharge from the Navy after World War II, the Walkers lived in Chicago. In 1956, they moved with their three young sons to Wheaton where they have continued to live except for two years when Bruce was employed in southern California. For years, Bruce and Loraine would host midshipman from the Glenview Naval Air Station for Wheaton's 4th of July Parade and a barbeque in the Walker's backyard. Bruce could always be called upon for presentations at the local ROTC events. He was a long time member and served in leadership positions of the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton. He inspired The Navy Thanksgiving Project, a long time tradition of bringing sailors from Great Lakes Naval Training Center to the Presbyterian Church for a brief service followed by Thanksgiving dinner with members of their families. Bruce also assisted with local Veterans' Affairs activities. Bruce was recognized by the community for voluntarily snow blowing the sidewalks of neighbors when they lived on East Willow Street in Wheaton. Bruce was the reunion committee chairman for his Morgan Park High School Reunion committee for several years, and remained active as the Activities Committee Chairman after moving to Wyndemere in 2005. In addition to his wife, Loraine, Bruce was predeceased by his parents; his brother Keith and nephew Gary Walker. He is survived by sons, Bruce Alan (Priscilla) of Palisade, Colorado, Neil (Dianne) of Elgin, and Scott (Judy) of Lombard; grandchildren, Sarah and Keith of Lombard, and Matthew, of Breckenridge, Colorado, as well as a step-grandson, Scott (Candy); step-great-grandchildren, Casey and Jesse, of Santa Clarita, California; nephews, Dave and Steve Walker, Tom and Bob Ritsch, Dave Kane-Ritsch; sister-in-law, Wanda (Conrad) Zamka, Jane (Paul) Ritsch; and fiancé, Marion Skipworth. Visitation Thursday 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams-Kampp Funeral Home 430 E. Roosevelt Rdad, Wheaton (1 blk east of Naperville Road). Funeral service Friday 10:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton, 715 N. Carlton Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton or MOAA at 2140 Clearwater Way, Elgin, Illinois 60123.


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William Bruce Walker
Capt
US Navy
World War II
Jul 4 1925
Mar 12 2012
Always in Our Hearts


  • Created by: J.Sullivan
  • Added: 13 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86734345
  • J.Sullivan
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Bruce Walker (4 Jan 1925–12 Mar 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86734345, citing Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Will County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by J.Sullivan (contributor 46827102) .