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James R. Walker, Jr.

October 12, 1930 - October 24, 2012

The family of James R. Walker, Jr., with much love and respect, announce his peaceful passing into the Spirit World on October 24, 2012.  Jim was last seen with a giant smile on his face while dancing into heaven on his new legs.  He was lovingly attended to by Southern Care Hospice and in the tender hands of the nurturing staff of Andahwod (“Where We Live”) on the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Nation.  Jim’s warm smile, belly-shaking laughter, twinkly eyes and unforgettable voice will be missed by all those who touched his life.

Jim was born in Petoskey, Michigan, on October 12, 1930; the son of James R. Walker, Sr. and Lottie Johnson.  He is predeceased by his parents, brother Aloysius, sisters Gertrude, Betty and Jeanette as he begins his journey with his strong faith guiding him.

Jim was a proud Marine and often spoke about his Korean War experiences.  Six weeks after returning from service, Jim met the love of his life, MaryAnne J. DeLeary.  The bond of their relationship reconciled late in life revealed a bond that leaves behind a legacy of love in their six children:  James R (Mary) Walker III, Sharon Skutt, Donna (Ron) DeLap, Janice Walker, Mary Margaret Walker and Paul J (Jami) Walker; 14 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grand -children.  Jim also leaves behind the matriarch of the Walker Family, his sister, Theresa (Henry) Rubin and their children along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Many characteristics of Jim stand-out but the most outstanding qualities include his sense of humor, generosity, his constant warmth and ability to adapt to any situation.  Jim had a remarkable sense of in-sight and fore-shadowing that often left family members in awe as his revelations and inventions became reality. 

The Walker Family will receive fans and paparazzi today at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street, Midland;  Sunday from 2-4pm with the Ogitchidaw (Warriors’) Society and Drum group honoring Jim as a Korean War veteran and from 6-8pm, with a Catholic vigil at 7pm.   Funeral will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, on West  River Road in Sanford, Monday at 2pm with a “Drive by” salute past his home on his way to Calvary Cemetery where he will lie next to his wife, MaryAnne.  Family will receive friends at St. Agnes for food and fellowship.  See you there!