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Walter Lewis Walker

Birth Date: January 17, 1927
Death Date: December 24, 2017

Forsyth-Walter Lewis Walker, 90, of Decatur, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 in his home with his family by his side.

Walter was born January 17, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Walter and Imo (Lucas) Walker. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and the USAF during the Korean War. He was employed with Caterpillar retiring after twenty-seven years of service. Walter then became a teacher at the Juvenile Detention Center and numerous county schools retiring after ten years of service. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Loyal Order of the Moose where he attained the Pilgrim Degree. Walter was active in local government, enjoyed reading especially about the Civil War, and liked to do word searches. He married Carmen Wilcott October 4, 1950 and later they divorced. Walter then married Barbara (Noonan) Williamson on December 20, 1980.

Walter leaves behind his wife Barbara, children Erica (Larry) Traylor of Columbia, South Carolina, Walter (Teal) Walker of Decatur, Valentina (Chief) Logan of Argenta, stepchildren William Williamson of Silex, Missouri, Peggy Banks of Mahomet, Paul (Ann) Williamson of Decatur, nine grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents.

Services to celebrate Walter’s life will be 6:00 PM Friday, December 29, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM prior to the services. Memorials are suggested to Mooseheart Child City & School Mooseheart, IL 60539.

Arrangements by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Video Tribute for Walter Lewis Walker:

Celebration of Life
December 29, 2017
6:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Visitation prior to ceremony
December 29, 2017
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. He would tell us stories of The little rascals show. I believe he said he was in one taping as a background of kids. Really loved him and Mrs. Walker. He was known for wanting to help anyone out all the time. Will deeply miss him.

  2. It was always a pleasure when Walt was the sub teacher or chaperone for a band/drill team event. He loved to work with all the kids, and through that was beloved by all in the Niantic Hariristown district

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