Charles J. Walker
Charles J. Walker, age 81 of Alexandria, formerly of Villard, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the Bethany Community Home in Alexandria.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, at Villard United Methodist Church in Villard. Interment was in Lake Leven Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.
Charles Joseph Walker, the son of Lawrence and Mabel (McQueen) Walker, was born Dec. 29, 1932, in Lake Leven Township. He was born and raised on a farm near Villard and attended and graduated from Villard Public School. He entered the United States Army Reserve and served his country before being honorably discharged in June of 1963.
Charles was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Marion Walther, on April 6, 1952. They made their home in a small cabin at the family farm, later moving into Villard. Charlie started his own plumbing/heating/carpentry business in town, having built many of the houses still standing in Villard. He later switched to plumbing/heating and excavating. His son, Joe, continues to operate the family business. Charlie also owned and rented out many homes and trailers in Villard and Alexandria. He also worked as the Chief of Police in Villard for many years.
Charlie enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially loved spending time at the cabin on Lake Leven that he built when he was 16 years old, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Villard American Legion, and a life-long member of the Villard United Methodist Church. He entertained many friends at his coffee shop down at the barn and loved to be outdoors.
Charlie fought a courageous battle these last two years with diabetes, bilateral leg amputations and blindness. Most recently, Charlie suffered from pneumonia and a blood infection. He resided at Bethany Community Home in Alexandria until his death on his 81st birthday, Dec. 29, 2013. He was ready to go see his two sons, Allan and Larry, in heaven and expect that he is pain free, peaceful, running foot races in his “new life.”
Charles is survived by his wife, Marion Walker, of Sauk Centre; son, Joseph (Deb) Walker of Villard; daughter, Carol (Mike) Denny of Sauk Centre; six grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Walker of Villard and Sue Walker of Alexandria; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Mabel Walker; sons Larry in 1978, and Allan in 1982, and brothers, Leonard, Thomas and Lawrence (Junior) Walker.
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