John J. Walker, 88, a resident of Borger from 1945-2008, died December 29, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, where he lived with his son. His wife, Helen Walker, preceded him in death on November 19, 2012.
Born in Ben Wheeler, Texas, on March 13, 1924, to John Henry Walker and Maude Howell Walker, John was one of 11 siblings who helped his parents earn their living as farmers in Ben Wheeler.
During the Depression, John joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and worked with the national park service in Pueblo, Colorado. He served in the Navy briefly during World War II. John came to Borger in 1945, where he enjoyed a career as a heavy equipment operator, working for Claude Robinson and then Panhandle Crane Service as an expert operator of cranes. He was a proud and loyal lifetime member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, by whom he was recognized with a gold watch on the 50th anniversary his of membership. He married Helen Hassell in Borger February 16, 1946.
Mr. Walker is survived by his sons Johnny M. Walker (Borger class of 1965) and his wife Martha, and Richard (Rick) Walker (Borger class of 1971) and his wife Jeanean; grandchildren Mollie Walker, Blake Walker, Carl Walker and Alan Walker; great grandchildren Ashton, Cannon, and Zoie Walker; his sister, Fannie Ray and his niece Mary Harrington (husband Robin Harrington), who reside in Borger; his nephew Jerry Ray, and great nephew Shannon Ray.
Graveside services will be held in San Antonio at Sunset Memorial Park on January 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Walkerâ€™s name to the nonprofit Project MEND. Donations may be made to Project MEND at http://www.projectmend.org/donate.html or mailed to Project MEND, Attention: Cathy Valdez, 5727 IH 10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78201.