Ralph Edward Walker (December 23, 1930 – September 13, 2016)
Ralph Walker of 421 East 4th Street in Rifle passed away at the Veterans Community Care Center at the age of 85 surrounded by his family. Ralph was born in Colorado
City, Texas on December 23, 1930 to Charles and Lois Walker. He was the oldest of seven children. As he grew up he helped care for his five brothers and one sister until he joined the Army 82nd Airborn Division in 1950. Ralph was deployed to Korea for part of his service and was honorably discharged in 1953.
Ralph moved to the Colorado area where he joined the Ironworkers Union. He received training in welding and became certified. He worked iron for 28 years before retiring. While working on the Rifle Gap Curtain he met his wife, Jan who he was married to for 43 years.
Ralph loved having coffee in the mornings with his many friends and sharing stories with them. He liked walking the dogs, using his metal detector, and finding treasures. His greatest treasure was the time he spent with his grandson, Charles and teaching him to fish. Where you saw Ralph, you could be sure Charles was with him. They were known as the “Andy and Opie of Rifle” by all who knew them.
Ralph is survived by his wife Jan, sons Al (Jody) Walker of New Castle; Ed (Lucy) Walker of Nine Mile Falls, WA; Nathan (Donna) Speakman of Denver; daughters Sandra (Jim) Irvine of Silt; Trudy Walker and Janice White of WA; brothers Eugene Walker of MS; Mac Walker of FL; Robert (Brenda) Walker of TX; and sister Minnie Bradford of TX; grandchildren Charles Walker of Rifle; Travis Walker of WA; and Brianna Speakman of Denver. Ralph had many beloved nieces and nephews and a very large host of friends.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Pamela Walker; his brothers Charles Walker and Dewey Dan Walker.
Services will be held Saturday, October 8 at the Veterans Community Living Center at 11 A.M. with a light luncheon to follow. Cremation has taken place.
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