Dickey Gene Walker, 97, of Arkansas City, dearly beloved husband, father, grandpa and poppa, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Gale Rider will officiate. Burial will follow in Springside Cemetery. Friends can greet the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established for the Sponsorship Program at the Arkansas City Recreation Center. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.rindt-erdman.com.
Born June 17, 1932, in Arkansas City, to Jesse Brink “Jack” and Mary Irene (Sims) Walker, Dick attended Arkansas City schools and became a master plumber, learning the trade from his father. He worked for Jack Walker Plumbing, which worked out the back door of Bryant Hardware, until he moved to West Kansas Avenue and established his own plumbing business. Dick retired in 2002, selling the plumbing business to his son Larry and making a third generation of plumbers of which he was very proud.
Dick was a member of Masonic Temple and Midian Shrine and served in the National Guard during the Korean War. His hobbies included golfing, hunting and fishing, and he loved racing stock cars at 81 Speedway.
Dickey Gene and V. Nadine Moore married Dec. 24, 1949, in Arkansas City and had four children.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Jack Walker; sister, Mary Ruth Walker; great-granddaughter, Chelsie Dawn Johnson; half-brother, Howard Walker, who was killed in World War II; and half-sister, Nelda Omerod.
He is survived by Nadine, his wife of 69 years; his children, Larry Dean (Lydia) Walker, and Dixie Lea (David) Givens, all of Arkansas City, Marcia Adell (Bob) Crandall, of Braman, Okla., and Carol Ann Shurtz, of Arkansas City; his grandchildren, Eddie Walker, Clint Walker, Lance Givens, Staci Duncan, Paige Hale, Jarrod Shurtz, and Olivia Wilkey, all of Arkansas City; Lyle Crandall, of Ponca City, Okla., Robin Johnson, of Newkirk, Okla., and Kim Shoffner, of Lee’s Summit, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Brandie Davis, of Wichita, Dalton and Brice Walker, Dakota, Dax and Saylor Givens, Drake and Danika Duncan, Jaycie Shurtz and Maverick Hale, all of Arkansas City, Trevor and Walker Johnson, of Newkirk, Okla., Trey Crandall Shaffer, of Norfolk, Va., Collin and Brynn Crandall, of Ponca City, Okla., Mason Enderud, of Newkirk, Okla., and Selina Enderud, of Hillsboro, Ore.; brothers, Jerry Lee (Delores) Walker, Billy Joe (Sandra) Walker, Johnny Mac (Betty) Walker, and sister-in-law, Kathleen Walker, all of Arkansas City.