Leroy M. Walker, 83, of Highland died on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015 at the Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon.
A funeral service was held on Monday Sept. 14 at Sunset Hill Funeral Home in Glen Carbon, with the Rev. Kip Knavel officiating. Burial was in Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1931 in Ava, Ill., to Theodore and Edna (Kessel) Walker. On April 17, 2004, he married by Janie Brand. She survives in Highland.
Mr. Walker retired after working 35 years at Granite City Steel and National Steel. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronze Star. He belonged to and was a deacon at Anchor Bay Lighthouse in Pontoon Beach. His passion was hunting, and he also enjoyed fishing and camping. He was the light of his children’s life.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ethel Alene (Bryant) Walker; brothers, Robert and Frederick Walker; and a sister, Mary Louise Walker.
He is also survived by daughters, Lavena (Jerry) Harris of Lebanon, Faye (Randy) Tift of New Douglas and Pauline (Randy) Winfrey of New Douglas; sons, Clarence (Angelia) Jackson Jr. of Collinsville and Randy Lee (Eva) Jackson of Edwardsville; a sister, Mary Lou (Arnold) Barri of Glen Carbon; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Breeze Hospice and will be accepted at the funeral home.