David Alan Walker of Decatur passed away Thursday, February 21, 2013 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Decatur on Saturday, March 2, 2013 from noon until 2 p.m. with a celebration of life service to follow, Dr. Rudy Glass officiating. His ashes will be interred at the FUMC Columbarium.
Mr. Walker was born on July 24, 1941 in Dixon, Illinois, to Rosemary and Wilson Walker. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1964 before moving to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to work for Collins Radio. In 1965, he married Jean A. Hayward of Florence, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and proudly served his country for 20 years, retiring in 1986 a Senior Master Sergeant in Flight Simulation. He continued to work for military contractors in systems engineering until his retirement from Raytheon Missile Systems in 2002 in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
He will be remembered for his love of God, family, country, and for his selfless service to the many communities where he lived.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, son, David (Deborah), daughter, Wendy Duffey (Jason), and grandsons, John Duffey and David C. Walker, all of Decatur. He is also survived by his sisters, Joyce Smith (Gordon) of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and Jeanne Cobb of Bethany, West Virginia; brothers, Richard Walker of Decatur and John Walker of Dixon, Illinois; and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.