George Merlyn Walker was born on November 19, 1927, in Wessington Springs, South Dakota to Ghather and Iva Walker. When George was six, the Walker family moved to rural Caldwell where they farmed. George graduated from Marsing High School where he lettered in several sports.
Shortly after his 17th birthday, George enlisted in the US Navy, where he served as a radar man first class in WW2 and the Korean conflict. A highlight of George’s later years was being chosen to receive an Honor Flight to Washington DC to visit the monuments that stand in honor of the wars in which he served his country.
After his service in the Navy, George returned to his true passion, the farm. In 1955, after turning 110 acres of sagebrush into farmland, he was named the Young Farmer of the Year for the state of Idaho. Later he served on the Federal Land Bank Board. George took great pride in three generations of Walker farmers; farming with his dad, and later with his son.
In 1955, at the Caldwell Bowling Alley, George met the love of his life Wanda Klatt. George knew her cousin Melba and asked for an introduction. They were married in June of 1956. George and Wanda were blessed with three children; a son Bill and daughters Bobbie and Becky.
George loved the Lord. As he grew in his faith and commitment to God, he served as a deacon and elder at Caldwell Christian Church, and on the Board of Directors at Puget Sound Christian College.
But his greatest joy in life was being “Papa” to his 3 grandchildren, Ryan, Alex, and Jaynie. No matter where they lived, Papa and Gaga made them a priority and traveled to be a part of the special moments throughout their lives.
George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Wanda, son Bill and his wife Julie, daughter Bobbie and husband Mark Post, daughter Becky and husband Dave Bartels, grandchildren Ryan and wife Emily Post, Alex Post, Jaynie Post, Bill’s stepchildren Boe and wife Charla Benefield, and Kelsie and husband Ben Stevens, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to George’s favorite inner-city church plant, New Community Church PO Box 32075, Kansas City, MO 64171
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