James L. Walker, 82, of Streator passed away Monday, July 19, 2021 at Pleasant View in Ottawa.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Central Church of Christ in Streator. Rev. Tony Ross will officiate.
Visitation will be from 9-11 A.M. Monday at the church.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Streator. Full military rites will be accorded by the members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492. Pallbearers will be Paul Walker, Jeremy Walker, Gene Aguire, Steven Stalcup, David Wilton, David Lawless, Christopher Walker, Thomas Walker and James Lawrence Walker.
The Solon-Telford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Born November 5, 1938 in Springfield, Tennessee, he was the son of Hubert and Mildred (Lane) Walker. He married Shelley A. Walker on June 12, 1971 at the First Baptist Church in Streator.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley Walker of Streator; a son, Joel (Tara) Walker of Sherwood, Wisconsin; daughters, Allison (David) Wilton of Lafayette, Colorado, and Pamela Walker-Aranda of Texas; grandchildren, Norah, Margot, Gideon, Violet, Elias, Jenny, Gene and Anthony James; and a sister, Rosemary (William) Wolfe of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Michael Elko; a brother, Glenn Walker and his sister, Betty Griffin.
Jim grew up in Detroit and attended Detroit grade schools, Aero Mechanics High School, and William Tyndale College.
He served in the United States Air Force, having spent time on Okinawa, Japan during his time in the service.
He worked early on as an Air Traffic Controller at the U of I Willard Airport in Champaign. He later served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 20 years. Seventeen of those years were spent in Brazil in government relations. After returning from Brazil, he worked for Streator Dependable Manufacturing until his retirement.
Jim was passionate in his love for his heavenly Father and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and for God’s Word, the Bible. He loved being outdoors where he could enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Jim was also a licensed pilot holding a commercial certificate. He cherished his relationships – his wife, his children, and grandchildren, as well as his friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Wycliffe Bible Translators, Central Church of Christ (Streator) or Prairie Creek Fellowship (Streator).
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