John William Walker, 91, passed away after a brief illness on March 20, 2022. He was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 17, 1930 to Howard and Helen Walker, and later moved to Marion, Ohio. It was there he began working for local watchmakers and jewelry stores and grew an interest in becoming a jeweler. He graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1949. Harding is also where he met his future wife, Shirley.
After serving in the Army, and getting married, he went to trade schools, learning his craft, and eventually settling back in Marion, where they started Walker’s Jewelry. He had his store in downtown Marion until 1984 when he closed up the business. He worked for the School Board and The City of Marion until he retired with Shirley. They enjoyed traveling.
John was involved in Scouting, from local levels as Scoutmaster, and Committee member and serving on the Harding Area Council Executive Committee to volunteering at jamborees and leading adventures to other Scouting activities. He was an active member of the Y-Men’ Service Club, and later the Exchange Club in Fremont Ohio, where he and Shirley retired to their home on the Sandusky River. They both volunteered at Back to the Wild in Castalia and he did many projects there and with the Exchange Club in Fremont. He attended church at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont. He loved boating, perch and walleye fishing, living on the river, his weekend escape with family and friends.
John was a “snowbird”, spending winter in South Florida,and summers in Fremont. He continued the tradition of driving to Florida every year even in his 90’s. He and Shirley were members at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hollywood, FL, where he volunteered for many years.
John is survived by his son, Brad, and daughter in law, Jill, grandchildren, Ryan Walker, Haylie (Pat) Jones, great-grandson, Rylee. He has a sister, Joann, nieces, nephews,, and cousins. Dad traveled to the Walker Family reunions for many years, to catch up with all of the Walkers throughout the Midwest and Canada.
There will be a memorial service on July 8, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, with family visitation at the church prior to the service at 10AM. Graveside service will follow at Green Camp Cemetery.